White Sox's Crain placed on DL

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


The bad news for the Chicago White Sox at night came in the wake of a 10-3 loss to Boston,
their fourth consecutive loss, and the second straight game the Red Sox handled them
easily. The bad news in the afternoon came in the form of putting a key member of the
bullpen on the 15-day disabled list.
One day after right-hander Jesse Crain threw 20 pitches in the bullpen and said his
strained left oblique muscle had felt better, Crain was placed on the 15-day DL
retroactive to April 21. Crain, who hadn't pitched since April 20, said he was shut down
from all activity until at least Tuesday, when the Sox were beginning a three-game series
with Cleveland.
It was the second time Crain has been slowed by an oblique since spring, when the right
one shut him down for a week. He strained the left side doing twists in the weight room.
He's eligible to come off the DL on May 5, and didn't feel there was any reason he
wouldn't stay on that schedule.
"We're shooting for there. I think we should be ready by then, depending on what they
have me do," Crain said. "I hope it'll give me plenty of time to let it rest all the way
and clear it up so it doesn't come back."
Crain, who has a 2.57 ERA over seven innings in six appearances this season, was
replaced on the roster by Dylan Axelrod.
"One side, I can get through it better and don't miss any time and everything was going
well," Crain said. "Then, after I pitch I was doing some twists in the weight room and the
other side goes, so it's pretty frustrating."
New manager Robin Ventura wasted little time getting Axelrod a look, as the pitcher
allowed a run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings of work on Friday.
As far as Crain's spot, Ventura said he would use right-handers Nate Jones and Zach
Stewart. Both had been more middle relievers, but could get late-inning work now.