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Crain improving, status still up in the air

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Crain improving, status still up in the air

NEW YORK --- Jesse Crain called Sundays throwing session an improvement and believes hell know by Tuesday whether or not he needs to be placed on the disabled list.

The White Sox reliever hasnt pitched since June 25 with tightness in his right shoulder. He played catch in the bullpen on Sunday after he took the previous two days off.

Crain said he will go to U.S. Cellular Field on Monday for treatment and will resume throwing on Tuesday.

I threw a little bit off the mound with tennis shoes on to get an angle and its definitely an improvement from all week, Crain said. So Ill take that as a step forward.

Crain --- who is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 24 games this season --- felt bad enough after he played catch on Friday to go see the specialist who performed his shoulder surgery in 2007. But Crain didnt require an MRI and was just told to further rest his shoulder.

Hes gotten a pretty good prognosis of what it is, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Sundays game. Its giving him some time and hopefully that will do the trick. I dont foresee a DL stint for him.

ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

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ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

On Wednesday morning, ESPN.com released their rankings of all 30 MLB team's starting rotations. The rankings were a nod to the current structure of the rotation, as well as how they were likely to perform in the future. And that is why the Chicago White Sox being ranked dead last in the league is somewhat alarming. 

Overall, the White Sox rotation is 28th in WHIP and 29th in strikeouts. 

Lucas Giolito is currently the team leader in wins with four, but his ERA sits at an unsightly 7.19. James Shields has been decent in spurts, but a general lack of run support has limited his effectiveness. Carlos Rodon has been a mixed bag since returning, but was able to reach the seventh inning in his last start. This is encouraging considering that he hadn't made it that far in any of his previous three starts. And Reynaldo Lopez continues to rack up quality starts—much like Shields—but has two wins to show for it. 

Veteran players like closing pitcher Joakim Soria and Shields are sure to be hot names on the trade market, and that could go a long way towards bringing in additional prospects to build up the White Sox farm system, and lead to a much improved rotation in the future.

So the White Sox obviously deserve to be ranked lowly until they can groom their minor league starter prospects into MLB-ready staff members, something that looks like it could take longer than originally expected. Flame-throwing top prospect Michael Kopech is still amassing high strikeouts numbers, but he is walking over six batters per outing, showing an obvious issue with control. 

White Sox fans can take their mind off of ESPN ranking the team's rotation 30th in the league by turning their attention to Eloy Jimenez. He has been absolutely crushing it in Double-A Birmingham, and will likely be making his debut with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Saturday. That game will be live on NBC Sports Chicago. So sit back, relax and look forward to the future, wherever it may take White Sox faithful. 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: