Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jesse Crain Has An Oblique Strain

Jesse Crain was supposed to pitch for the White Sox on Wednesday, but instead Chris Sale went out for a fifth inning of work, which wasn't part of the plan. Sale lasted only another out before reaching his pitch count and was replaced by Anthony Carter.

Which at the time didn't register in my brain as anything to be alarmed about, but it turns out that it may be something to worry about. Word started spreading following the game that Crain sat out with an oblique strain.

First Joe Cowley mentioned it, then Scott Merkin.

Now, while the Sox can call it a slight strain and say Crain's day-to-day, this is still worrisome. Oblique injuries are the kind of injuries that can nag a player all season long, and even if Crain sits out for two weeks to let it heal, he can just as easily aggravate it the very first time he throws a pitch.

So while it might not be a big deal, it can just as easily become a huge deal for a team that already has a uncertainty in the bullpen.

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