Crain nearing return to Sox bullpen

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Crain nearing return to Sox bullpen

By Paul Latour
CSNChicago.com contributor

Jesse Crain is back in the White Sox fold, but its still not completely clear when hell rejoin the bullpen.

The Sox are expected to activate him following tonights series opener against Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field. Theyll need to make a corresponding roster move to do that.

Fresh from a two-appearance rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, Crain said the strained left oblique feels good.

Those two outings down there showed me that I was over it, and couldnt feel it at all, Crain said.

Crain, a 30-year-old right-hander, was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 27, retroactive to April 21. He hasnt pitched for Chicago since April 20 at Seattle.

He made two strong appearances with Charlotte over the weekend. On Friday, he worked one scoreless inning, throwing 21 pitches (14 strikes). Crain needed only nine pitches to get through one perfect inning with two strikeouts in Sundays rehab start.

It was good to get out there Sunday to make sure everything was good to go, Crain said. You want to get out there and throw normal, but I was kind of killing two birds with one stone. Making sure I felt good, most importantly, but also feeling good mechanically and arm-wise. Sunday I was even more crisp than I was on Friday.

Crain will likely join the bullpen Tuesday for the conclusion of the short series with the Tigers. But manager Robin Ventura sounded less optimistic.

I think it could be a couple more days for him to come back, Ventura said.

Crain is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA, two holds and 10 strikeouts over six games this season with the Sox. Hes allowed two earned runs in seven innings of work.

Has Jose Quintana's slow start to the season affected his potential trade value?

Has Jose Quintana's slow start to the season affected his potential trade value?

 

Jose Quintana has not started his 2017 campaign as many White Sox fans had hoped or expected.
 
Through nine games the 2016 All Star has posted just two wins and watched his ERA climb to 3.92 after Wednesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. 
 
This past offseason, Quintana was frequently mentioned as a possible trade piece for the White Sox who if moved might have brought in other key pieces for the retooling South Siders, much like Chris Sale and Adam Eaton did. 

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Have Quintana’s early season struggles impacted his trade value?
 
White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti weighed in while appearing on Wednesday’s edition of SportsTalk Live.
 
“Somebody's trade value isn’t contingent necessarily on what he’s doing right now,” Benetti said. “I mean general managers are smart enough to know Jose Quintana is worth X over the course of time and a lot of what trade value has to do with, is what other teams need. So as injuries continue to pile up to other pitchers, if we’re talking about the value of a starting pitcher, the market has as much to do with that as his performance in one specific game.” 
 
Listen to what else Benetti had to say in the video above. 
 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.

Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.

The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.

Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.

Take a listen to the latest episode below: