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.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Chris Sale trade

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Chris Sale trade

On the latest episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Dan Hayes break down the White Sox trade of Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox.

Plus, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe provides some insight on what exactly the White Sox got in return for their former ace.

And Rick Hahn talks about just how difficult it was to pull the trigger and trade elite, homegrown talent.

Listen to the latest episode below:

Morning Update: Chris Sale traded to Red Sox; Blackhawks shut out Coyotes; Bulls lose third straight

Morning Update: Chris Sale traded to Red Sox; Blackhawks shut out Coyotes; Bulls lose third straight

Sold: White Sox trade Chris Sale to Red Sox for package including baseball's No. 1 prospect

Marian Hossa scores twice in Blackhawks' shutout win over Coyotes

Bulls can't hold fourth quarter lead against Pistons, lose third straight

Recalling Bears RB Rashaan Salaam: a gentle young man, now dead at age 42

Wade Davis trade would give Cubs a proven October closer

Examining Yoan Moncada, baseball’s No. 1 prospect and the newest member of the White Sox

The second-guessing follows Joe Maddon from World Series to winter meetings

The standard for Bears evaluating Matt Barkley? Use what John Fox uses

How the White Sox and Red Sox worked out their Chris Sale megadeal

Wednesday on CSN: Northern Iowa hosts South Dakota State