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Sox's Crain expects to return Tuesday

5/14/2012

CHICAGO -- Relief pitcher Jesse Crain said Monday he expected to be officially activated off the DL by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday after recently making two minor league rehab appearances.

Crain was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 21 due to a strained left oblique. He threw a pair of scoreless innings for Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights, on Friday and Sunday.

“They’re giving me another day,” Crain said prior to Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. “I’ll be ready (Tuesday).

“(I feel) great. My two outings were all I could ask for. I didn’t feel it. Took a long time to feel that way, but you know for the long run I think it’s good because I felt great.”

Crain last pitched for the White Sox on April 20 and has made six appearances with a 2.57 ERA this season.

Crain also suffered a right oblique injury during spring training.

“Like I said all along, you can’t do anything about,” Crain said. “All you can do is try to work at it to get better and get back out there. That’s the only thing I’ve been trying to do. Yeah, it’s been frustrating, but I’ve made it this far, and I’m ready to go.”