Is Crain's oblique a concern?

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Is Crain's oblique a concern?

Per Mark Gonzales, Jesse Crain is feeling "slightly" better but still experiences some pain throwing long toss. The righty reliever hasn't pitched since March 12 due to an oblique injury -- the same type of injury that kept John Danks out for a month last year.

Opening Day is two weeks from Friday, and the possibility Crain won't be ready to go on April 6 certainly exists. He probably doesn't need much in the way of preseason preparation, but an inning or two under his belt before Opening Day probably couldn't hurt.

James has a good writeup on the situation over at White Sox Observer, pointing out that Addison Reed and Hector Santiago stand to gain the most if Crain isn't healthy to start the season. The depth of the bullpen would certainly be stretched, as it'd be on Will Ohman, Reed and Santiago to handle the bulk of the seventh and eighth-inning workload.

And early in the season, when starters may not be completely stretched out, the Sox may need to rely on those guys a little more than they would in, say, July. But Crain also shouldn't rush his return and risk aggravating the injury again.

It's a tricky situation, and one to follow for the next few weeks.

Todd Frazier: White Sox finding different ways to lose

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Todd Frazier: White Sox finding different ways to lose

NEW YORK -- The White Sox just can’t seem to get back on track.  

Over their last 19 games, a once-hot team has continually created new ways to lose.

On Monday, the White Sox couldn’t produce a clutch hit against Matt Harvey and lost 1-0 to the New York Mets at Citi Field to extend their losing streak to seven. Harvey retired Todd Frazier and J.B. Shuck with two in scoring position and New York got a late Neil Walker homer to pull ahead.

Over the weekend against Kansas City, the bullpen faltered and allowed 14 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. At some point before that, the team’s starting pitching didn’t come through or a series of poor offensive performances surfaced. All of their maladies have added up to a 4-15 stretch, including 12 losses by two runs or fewer.

“It’s just frustrating losing, whether it’s one or two runs,” third baseman Todd Frazier said. “You know, a strikeout here or a base hit here and we could have swept the Royals. It’s going to take one thing to just get us going and it hasn’t happened.

“When we were winning, it seemed like a different guy every day. Now, it’s the opposite -- a different guy every day not getting the job done. It was me today. When you have opportunities, whether you are slumping or not, see the ball, hit the ball. That’s baseball. Don’t put too much on your shoulders and just play the game.

“We talk about it all the time: Do your job. And I didn’t do it.”

White Sox: Bad luck returns for Jose Quintana

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White Sox: Bad luck returns for Jose Quintana

NEW YORK -- Time for Jose Quintana to find a new four-leaf clover or lucky horseshoe.

His bad luck seems to have resurfaced.

Even though he lowered his earned-run average to 2.13, Quintana earned a fourth straight loss on Monday afternoon as the White Sox dropped a 1-0 decision to the New York Mets. Quintana yielded a seventh-inning home run to Neil Walker, his only blemish in a sturdy seven-inning performance, but was outpitched by Matt Harvey. The defeat dropped Quintana’s record to 5-5.

“This is stuff we see out of him all the time,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “If we could score, he’d have a better record, and everybody would know his name.”

Quintana made it evident early on he was capable of stopping a White Sox losing streak that now stands at seven. He struck out four in a row, including the side in the second inning.

The left-hander, whose streak of 34 straight starts with four or fewer runs allowed is tied with Jake Arrieta for the longest active streak in the majors, induced an inning-ending double play in the fourth. He faced only three over the minimum through six innings and matched zeroes with Harvey.

But Walker came through in the seventh inning and attached an undeserved ‘L’ to Quintana’s name in the box score. During his four-game losing streak, Quintana has a 3.41 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.

“I’m sure he could easily have a much better record over the course of his career if he had a little bit more run support for sure,” catcher Alex Avila said. “But credit to him, he keeps going out there and pitching good games.”

The loss dropped Quintana’s career record to 38-39 despite a 3.35 ERA in 815 innings. Fifteen of those losses have come since the beginning of the 2015 season even though Quintana has a 3.04 ERA in those 43 starts. He’s 14-15 in that span.

The grand total of support Quintana has received in those losses --- 16, including one run or fewer over 12 starts.

While he was speaking about the team after Monday’s loss, Quintana might as well have been discussing himself.

“Right now, we try to get a first win,” Quintana said. “We try to forget everything, the losses, and start again. Tomorrow we’ll try to get the first win.” 

Latos looks to halt skid as White Sox battle Mets on CSN

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Latos looks to halt skid as White Sox battle Mets on CSN

The White Sox take on the New York Mets on Tuesday, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tuesday’s starting pitching matchup: Mat Latos vs. Steven Matz

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