GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A hip strain will keep Jesse Crain out of the World Baseball Classic, the reliever said Monday morning.
The White Sox right-hander had been expected to join Team Canada here in Phoenix this week, but he’s unavailable for action at least through early next weekend with a strained adductor.
Crain has played for Canada in each of the two previous WBCs and said he’s disappointed he won’t play this time. But Crain, who went 2-3 with a 2.44 ERA and struck out 60 in 48 innings last season, knows he wouldn’t have been effective if he forced himself into action.
“It’s a little painful when I do (throw),” Crain said. “It’s just a strain so now I’m taking a few days off of really trying to throw through and really let it relax and hopefully go from there. I’m bummed to not play, but trying to get ready for those games this weekend wouldn’t have been good for it, me or the team.”
Crain believed a slight tweak in his hip early in camp went away -- it didn’t surface in his only spring outing either -- until he felt the pain again last week when he played catch. He was last scheduled to pitch on Saturday but had to scratch the effort after he warmed up in the bullpen.
Considering how last season began, when Crain dealt with oblique injuries to both sides and later a sore shoulder, he believes if he doesn’t push his body he should be fine in a week’s time. He hopes to throw off a mound by the weekend or early next week. He also noted he’s not concerned about losing time because there’s still 27 days left before Opening Day.
“I have to give it a couple of days,” Crain said. “You can tell when you’re actually injured and throwing and things are getting worse and it’s not that healing point. You can tell if it’s sore and it’s not affecting anything and it doesn’t get any worse, you can go through it. But as soon as you do something and it gets worse and worse and tighter and tighter and it hurts it’s something you need to back off and let calm down.”