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Crain could join Bruney on disabled list

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Crain could join Bruney on disabled list

NEW YORK -- Brian Bruney was placed on the disabled list on Friday afternoon. Jesse Crain could join him shortly.

The White Sox lost another pitcher to injury as Bruney was placed on the 15-day disabled list with hip inflammation. Crain, who hasnt pitched since last Saturday because of shoulder inflammation, wont even play catch for the next few days in hopes of quieting the afflicted area.

If it doesnt improve by then, Crain wouldnt be surprised if he wound up on the disabled list, too. Crain decided to see Dr. (David) Altchek prior to Thursdays game when he experienced more pain in the muscle in the back of his right shoulder after playing catch. Altcheck, who performed Crains rotator cuff surgery in 2007, didnt see any major issues.

From what he saw, he said no MRI was necessary, which is a good sign, Crain said. But the real telling will be in a couple days when I throw again and see if its gotten better. Its the way the year has gone. I havent had a year like this in my career. It seems like new things pop up every day. All that stuff has been unbelievable.

Crain was on the DL from April 21 to May 14 with a strained left oblique. He also missed time in spring training with a strained right oblique.

Were trying to do what we think is right and see in a couple of days, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. He feels stiff and you have to get it checked out. You want people better than me to figure that out. So well hold him out and see how he feels over the weekend.

The White Sox promoted reliever Brian Omogrosso from Triple-A Charlotte to take Bruneys place.

Omogrosso -- who is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 33 innings this season -- is the seventh rookie on the White Sox staff, including the fifth in the bullpen.

Omogrosso had a 1.42 ERA in his last 12 23 innings and has recently been clocked with a fastball velocity of 99 mph. Even though he was selected, Omogrosso said any number of pitchers could have received the call.

J.R. Perdew and Richard Dotson helped me out and kept pushing me throughout the way, Omogrosso said. There are a lot of guys down there pitching really well right now: (Deunte) Heath, and (Donnie) Veal and (Leyson) Septimo and everybody else. I figure any of our numbers could have been called.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

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After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen