Jesse Crain won't pitch in next week's All-Star Game, as the right-hander earned a bid but sits on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.
It's an injury Crain's dealt with before in both 2009 and 2012, so he certainly knows what to expect this time around.
"My arm just gets tired, and when that happens, unfortunately I strain it," Crain said. "Obviously I’ll know more how it feels when I actually get out there and play catch."
Crain took five or six days off last year and is in the midst of the same strategic rest now and will resume throwing soon to work through the injury.
"The last day or two it has felt real good," Crain said. "I don’t have that pain in there anymore. I’m ready for that next step and start strengthening it and throwing again."
Crain has worked to change a few things over the last few years to avoid these kind of shoulder strain issues but hasn't found the formula just yet. But given Crain's success -- he has a 0.74 ERA this year and was named to his first career All-Star Game -- major changes might have a negative effect.
"Maybe cut down on throwing before games. I like to get out there and stretch out. Maybe that’s something I should cut back on," Crain explained. "It’s hard to judge it because every single year you have more workload, less workload. You just take it year by year. Hopefully it’s something I can control from here on out."