Crain moving closer to return


Crain moving closer to return

KANSAS CITY -- Jesse Crain feels like hes on the mend.

The White Sox reliever said Sunday he felt good until he began to fatigue at the end of a 30-pitch bullpen session in which he threw all of his pitches.

The fatigue was to be expected, Crain said, because it was his first time throwing off a bullpen mound since he was placed on the disabled list on July 4 with a right shoulder strain. The move was made retroactive to June 24.

I was just looking for how I felt, Crain said.

I did throw all my pitches and those will come. Todays was more making sure I was \ feeling good and feeling like I was on the mend rather than still being injured. From what I felt today, its one of those things where its getting better.

Crain is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 24 games for the White Sox this season. He hopes to throw in the bullpen or face hitters in batting practice on Tuesday or Wednesday and begin a rehab assignment on Friday.

Crain suspects hed need at least one game appearance and possibly two before he returns to the White Sox.

Now its just building the strength up again to handle pitching in a game, Crain said.

Its more realistic being able to pitch in a game by Friday. Thats kind of my goal because Ill get at least another bullpen or BP this week and then be ready hopefully after that for a game situation.

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