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Jesse Crain hopes to pitch in a week

CHICAGO -- Despite not throwing for the past week, injured Chicago White Sox pitcher Jesse Crain said he thinks he could be back on the mound at some point during the current homestand.

Crain, who finally played catch at 80 feet Friday, was asked when he plans on being back.

“If I had a number I could tell you, but I'm still taking it day by day,” Crain said. “Hopefully tomorrow it feels a little better and a little bit better after that. I can't tell you. My goal's to be out there like a week from today. But we'll see.”

That’s an optimistic timetable for somebody who hasn’t pitched in a major league game since June 29 because of right elbow tendonitis.

It even seems to be a long shot that Crain would be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment in a week.

“That's up to those guys,” he said of the staff when asked if a rehab assignment was in the plan. “Once we get to that point, that'll be up to them. Obviously they want me healthy and to be back out there. If it's something they want me to do, yeah. We just have to wait until that time comes.”

Named to the American League All-Star team, Crain participated in as many activities as he could this week in New York.

“It was a lot of fun; crazy, crazy few days but worth every second,” he said. “I wish I could have thrown, but just being there and being on that team and around those guys and seeing (Mariano) Rivera's last All-Star Game was pretty special.”