Crain could join Bruney on disabled list

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Crain could join Bruney on disabled list

NEW YORK -- Brian Bruney was placed on the disabled list on Friday afternoon. Jesse Crain could join him shortly.

The White Sox lost another pitcher to injury as Bruney was placed on the 15-day disabled list with hip inflammation. Crain, who hasnt pitched since last Saturday because of shoulder inflammation, wont even play catch for the next few days in hopes of quieting the afflicted area.

If it doesnt improve by then, Crain wouldnt be surprised if he wound up on the disabled list, too. Crain decided to see Dr. (David) Altchek prior to Thursdays game when he experienced more pain in the muscle in the back of his right shoulder after playing catch. Altcheck, who performed Crains rotator cuff surgery in 2007, didnt see any major issues.

From what he saw, he said no MRI was necessary, which is a good sign, Crain said. But the real telling will be in a couple days when I throw again and see if its gotten better. Its the way the year has gone. I havent had a year like this in my career. It seems like new things pop up every day. All that stuff has been unbelievable.

Crain was on the DL from April 21 to May 14 with a strained left oblique. He also missed time in spring training with a strained right oblique.

Were trying to do what we think is right and see in a couple of days, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. He feels stiff and you have to get it checked out. You want people better than me to figure that out. So well hold him out and see how he feels over the weekend.

The White Sox promoted reliever Brian Omogrosso from Triple-A Charlotte to take Bruneys place.

Omogrosso -- who is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 33 innings this season -- is the seventh rookie on the White Sox staff, including the fifth in the bullpen.

Omogrosso had a 1.42 ERA in his last 12 23 innings and has recently been clocked with a fastball velocity of 99 mph. Even though he was selected, Omogrosso said any number of pitchers could have received the call.

J.R. Perdew and Richard Dotson helped me out and kept pushing me throughout the way, Omogrosso said. There are a lot of guys down there pitching really well right now: (Deunte) Heath, and (Donnie) Veal and (Leyson) Septimo and everybody else. I figure any of our numbers could have been called.

Preview: Carlos Rodon, White Sox open final series of season vs. Twins on CSN+

Preview: Carlos Rodon, White Sox open final series of season vs. Twins on CSN+

The White Sox open their final series of the season tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN+. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon (8-10, 4.08 ERA) vs. Tyler Duffey (9-11, 6.18 ERA)

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White Sox five-game winning streak snapped with loss to Rays

White Sox five-game winning streak snapped with loss to Rays

The playoffs were the ultimate goal and he probably would have liked another victory on Thursday night.

But Jose Quintana has plenty to be proud about when he takes stock of his 2016 campaign, which ended with a 5-3 White Sox loss to the Tampa Rays in front of 14,792 at U.S. Cellular Field. The first-time All-Star’s record dropped to 13-12 after he allowed two earned runs in six innings in his final start, but not before Quintana established career highs for innings pitched, strikeouts and earned-run average. The loss guaranteed a fourth straight losing season for the White Sox, who haven’t reached the postseason since 2008.

“I’m happy with my year,” Quintana said. “But every time I say it’s not about me. It’s about the team. We’ll try to finish strong in the next series against the Twins and come back next year to have a better year than this one.”

Quintana had the best individual season of his career. If he’d received any kind of run support from his teammates, he’d be at or near the top of the leaders for wins, too.

But same as he has for the past four seasons, Quintana didn’t receive any run support yet again on Thursday, though this time can be attributed to a stellar performance by Chris Archer.

Archer held down early an offense that had Quintana ranked 116th out of 132 qualified starting pitchers in run support. The White Sox only had two runners reach scoring position in the time Quintana pitched (one scored). By the time Archer slowed down, the White Sox bullpen allowed three runs and the contest was nearly out of reach at 5-1.

Still, Quintana was good enough to win yet again in a season full of comparable efforts.

He allowed a run in the second inning on a bloop RBI single by Alexei Ramirez and another in the fourth on a solo homer by Mikie Mahtook. Other than that he was his normal efficient self, striking out seven and limiting the Rays to two runs and five hits in six innings.

The effort lowered Quintana’s ERA to 3.20 (his previous low was 3.32 in 2014). He also surpassed his previous high-inning mark of 206 1/3 with 208 this season. And, Quintana, who eclipsed the 10-win mark for the first time in his career, finished with 181 strikeouts, three more than he in 2014.

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura thinks the overall production was a byproduct of the first All-Star nod for Quintana, who surpassed 200 innings for a fourth straight season.

“You wouldn’t think that would mean a lot, but it really does,” Ventura said. “I think that’s the stuff that can catapult somebody into things that are better and pushing him into the offseason, the optimistic stuff of going into next year.”

Quintana’s name often surfaces as an easy fix to some of the White Sox’ woes when it comes to next season.

With two guaranteed seasons and two club-friendly options left on his current contract, Quintana — who entered Thursday valued at 19.7 f-WAR for his career — is viewed as a stellar trade chip given the weak free agent class. It is believed the White Sox could solve several problem areas on the roster or add considerable depth to their farm system were they to make Quintana or Chris Sale available. Quintana knows the possibility exists but hopes he’s back with the White Sox next season and helping them end their postseason drought.

“I don’t have control about that,” Quintana said. “I don’t know nothing about trades. I’m here as a Chicago White Sox, and I want to be here for a long time. I’ll go home, rest and am going to be ready to start with my preparation for next year. I’ll be ready for that, but I don’t have control about trades.”