Crain (biceps) is not ruling out a return to baseball, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Despite not pitching since 2013 with a lingering biceps injury, Crain has refused to call it quits on his career. The 35-year-old was a force through his ten years with the Twins and White Sox, earning an all-star nod in 2013, his last full season in the majors. Although there's optimism, a return for Crain is still wishful thinking.
White Sox reliever Jesse Crain's attempt to come back from a serious shoulder injury hit a snag in the low minor leagues. Crain hasn't pitched in the majors since June, 2013. He started the year with a promise, stringing together five scoreless innings in the Arizona Rookie League. Crain has been shut down since July 5, however, and there's no timetable for his return. "Jesse had a little bit of a setback about a week ago in one of his Arizona League outings which caused us to take a step back," GM Rick Hahn said, per CSN Chicago. "His next outing isn't quite scheduled yet as we continue to get him back on path."
Prior to Wednesday's spring games, the White Sox reassigned right-hander Jesse Crain and left-hander Carlos Rodon to minor-league camp, per the team's official website. Rodon, Chicago's top-ranked prospect and 2014 No. 3 overall draft pick, went 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 21:5 K:BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings this spring. he will begin the season at Triple-A Charlotte. "I had a real fun spring," Rodon said, per ESPN. "I got to spend it in big league camp the whole time, which was exciting. I learned a lot of stuff. It was just an overall great experience." Crain is working his way back from shoulder and bicep issues that caused him to miss the entire 2014 season. He suffered a minor setback in his recovery in mid-March, which kept him out of Cactus League action this season.
White Sox reliever Jesse Crain has resumed throwing after suffering a minor setback in mid-March due to shoulder soreness, per MLB.com. "But I'm moving forward again," said Crain, who played long toss from 120 feet Monday. "Obviously, when you first come in, you feel like there's a chance, as I was doing so well. ... I don't want to rush it, and [I want to] make sure I'm there and there for good when it happens. "I've felt better than I have since I've been going through this. So, that's a positive sign. I'm going to stay down here and keep working and be with the staff down here, and we'll put a good plan together to make that happen."
The White Sox paid $100,000 retention bonuses pitchers Brad Penny and Jessie Crain to keep them in the organization, Yahoo! Sports reports. Penny has given up 12 earned runs in 15 2/3 spring innings. Crain hasn't pitched in major-league action this spring due to continued shoulder soreness.
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