Jesse Crain RP CWS 2 months ago

Crain (biceps) was reassigned to minor league camp Wednesday, Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports.

It shouldn't come as a surprise the White Sox made the move, as Crain is expected to stay in Arizona for extended spring training. It's unclear what role he will have following that, but he could have a shot at pitching in the Sox's bullpen at some point this season.

Jesse Crain RP CWS 2 months ago

Crain (biceps) will remain at extended spring training when the White Sox break camp Thursday, ESPN Chicago reports.

Crain has yet to throw a bullpen session, but he may be nearing one. Once he does, there will be several more steps before the White Sox can decide whether to add him to the major league bullpen. Crain has yet to pitch since he played for the Sox in '13, but he could be an important part of the bullpen later in the season if healthy and effective.

Jesse Crain RP CWS 2 months ago

Crain (biceps) was limited to playing catch Friday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Crain was scratched from his start Wednesday due to soreness, and he was initially scheduled to pitch Friday. However, that soreness is persisting, so he continues to have a very limited workload. The White Sox will shut Crain down over the next few days in hopes of avoiding further injury.

Jesse Crain RP CWS 2 months ago

Crain (biceps) was scratched from his start Wednesday due to mild soreness, but expects to pitch Friday, Daryl Van Shouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Crain would benefit greatly from some audition time in major league games, as he entered camp without a guaranteed roster spot. He should rejoin the big league club later next week, but would need to impress over a short span to break camp with the team.

Jesse Crain RP CWS 2 months ago

Crain (biceps) is schedule to pitch in a minor league game Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Crain should have time to get into a major league game before the end of spring training, but he's no lock to make the Opening Day, even if he's ready from a health perspective. He's working on a minor league contract, and while he should contribute to the White Sox at some point this season, the team may want him to start off with Triple-A Charlotte.

Jesse Crain RP CWS 2 months ago

Crain (biceps) could pitch in a game soon, CSN Chicago reports.

Crain threw his second live BP of the week Thursday, and he said he is feeling good. He should have one more similar session, either this weekend or early next week, before pitching in exhibition action. If healthy, he is a decent shot for an MLB bullpen spot.

Jesse Crain RP CWS 3 months ago

Crain (biceps) threw 30 pitches in a live batting practice Monday, and will throw again later in the week, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

There's still no exact timetable for a return, but Crain appears to be progressing well and is getting closer to being ready for game action. If he is able to return soon, Crain should be able to earn a spot in the big league club's bullpen.

Jesse Crain RP CWS 3 months ago

Crain (biceps) will throw his third bullpen session of the week Friday, and he could throw live batting practice next week, the White Sox's official site reports.

There is still no timetable for Crain's return to health after missing all of the 2014 season, but the club appears to be happy with his progress thus far and he is optimistic about pitching in a Cactus League game. If healthy, Crain could occupy a mid-inning short-relief role in the big leauge bullpen.

Jesse Crain RP CWS 4 months ago

Crain (biceps) agreed to a minor league contract with the White Sox on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

2014 was a lost season for Crain, as several setbacks in his recovery from biceps surgery prevented him from taking the hill at any point for the Astros. He will return to the White Sox, with whom he spent the 2011-13 campaigns, but the team will take it slow with him in hopes of avoiding any further complications. According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, Crain is currently throwing from 120 feet.

Jesse Crain RP CWS 8 months ago

Crain (biceps) is unlikely to return to the Astros during the final week of the season, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Crain threw a simulated game Monday and looks to be nearly fully recovered from the biceps strain that has bothered him for the last year and a half, but he'll run out of time to contribute for the Astros. The right-hander was viewed as a potential closing option for the Astros heading into the season, but the long recovery process he faced effectively took him out of the running. He's set to become a free agent after the season and could have to settle for a cheap contract after having not pitched in a MLB game since July 2013.