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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.

Zack Burdi is pitching off a mound again

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Zack Burdi is pitching off a mound again

Zack Burdi was thought of as a college pitcher who could make the major leagues quickly after he was drafted in 2016.

The White Sox drafted him 26th overall that year and it appeared his quick rise through the minors was going to come true. Burdi reached Triple-A Charlotte by the end of 2016 and had a 2.25 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 16 innings with the Knights.

However, he had Tommy John surgery in July and hasn't pitched in more than 11 months. The 23-year-old from Downers Grove is nearing his return and had video proof.

That's Burdi throwing off a mound, which means a rehab stint might not be far behind. Burdi may not getting into the full swing of things before the minor league season ends in early September, but this is a good sign for him being ready to go for spring training in 2019.

Before going on the disabled list, Burdi had a 4.05 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 17 walks in 33 1/3 innings with the Knights in 2017.

Which NL team is the biggest threat to the Cubs, José Abreu (still) consistently playing well

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Which NL team is the biggest threat to the Cubs, José Abreu (still) consistently playing well

Ozzie Guillen and Doug Glanville join Leila Rahimi to discuss what National League team is the biggest threat for the Cubs, possible minor league moves for the White Sox and if Addison Russell should be 'always ready' versus expecting an off day.

Plus, we go pregaming with Siera Santos.

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