Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Jesse Crain's Back On The Disabled List


While watching the Sox put up 19 runs on the Rangers last night was fun, there was a bit of bad news after the game when Robin Ventura told the media during his press conference that there wasn't any improvement to report from Jesse Crain.

Now, not surprisingly, Crain is headed to the disabled list.

The shoulder tightness that Crain is suffering from and has kept him out since June 23rd is not improving. This would be Crain's second stint on the disabled list this season after having trouble with his oblique earlier. Which came after having problems with his other oblique during the spring.

In other words, Jesse's had a lot of nagging injuries this season, but obliques don't worry me as much as the word "shoulder" does in any injury description for a pitcher.

He won't be placed on the disabled list until Thursday, but according to South Side Sox it will be Deunte Heath coming up from Charlotte to replace him. Meaning that there is yet another rookie on the pitching staff.

Not bad for the organization ranked as having the worst farm system in baseball before the season began.

As for Heath, all I know about him is what I saw during spring training. He has a mid-90s fastball and a decent slider, but there's nothing about him that blows you away.

At Charlotte this season Heath has appeared in 23 games and has an ERA of 1.70. In 42.1 innings of work he's allowed only 31 hits and struck out 46 while walking only 10. If he can somehow maintain that 0.97 WHIP while in Chicago then I think this could work out.

That shouldn't be hard, right?

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