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CHICAGO -- The frustration seems unending for White Sox reliever Jesse Crain as he tries to come back from a left side oblique strain. The veteran pitcher was supposed to throw a side session off of the mound in pregame activities on Thursday.
“I wasn’t ready to throw off of the mound, but it was a step up from where I was at a few days ago,” Crain said. “I feel like (the soreness ) is working its way out “
Crain first went on the DL retroactive to April 21 with the injury and was eligible to return to the team on May 6. At this juncture the team and pitcher have no time table for his return.
“I threw about 10 or 12 pitches on flat ground,” Crain said. “I don t know what my plan is next , maybe toss again tomorrow and throw off the mound on Saturday . Today was kind of a feeler after getting some work done on it the other day that’s kind of where it is at right now.”
Crain knows that he has some work ahead of him in attempting to come back from his second oblique strain in six weeks. He missed 10 days during spring training with a right side oblique strain.
“I am at peace not rushing back,” Crain said. “Having had it on my right side during the spring, I kind of can tell when it is getting better or getting worse. It is definitely changing every day and I think I am getting close.”
Manager Robin Ventura confirmed that Crain will go out for one or two rehab outings before returning to the White Sox.