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Crain says he's feeling good, expects to come off DL

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Crain says he's feeling good, expects to come off DL

BOSTON -- Jesse Crain expects to come off the disabled list this weekend without the need of a rehab assignment.

The White Sox reliever announced hes ready for action after he participated in another simulated game on Thursday afternoon. Crain, who is on the DL retroactive to June 24 with a right shoulder strain, threw two 15-pitch innings.

The right-hander, who has a 2.38 ERA in 24 games, could be activated as early as Saturday, but will most likely be ready on Sunday, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Either way, Crain is pleased.

Im just happy I feel good and thats the most important thing, Crain said. I feel ready to go. It felt fine. I knew it would. I think even from the last outing, its more getting my strength back and my stamina back as opposed to feeling bad. I didnt feel bad at all. Its just kind of getting your arm strong again to pitch after taking about a week off.

Crain started with a bullpen session on Sunday and threw two simulated games. The White Sox will now give Crain several days to rest before he returns to the mound.

He threw today and felt good, Ventura said. Hes thrown two simulated games, its just one of those how he bounces back. It could be Saturday or Sunday, probably Sunday though.

Crain is also happy with his results and the way he commanded his pitches in both sessions. Now, he only awaits the status of his shoulder on Friday.

The two sessions went as good as they could have, Crain said. I imagine Ill feel fine tomorrow like I have been and be ready to go.

White Sox acquire first baseman Yonder Alonso from Indians

White Sox acquire first baseman Yonder Alonso from Indians

After a lot of rumors and not many moves at the Winter Meetings, the White Sox made a notable trade after everyone left Las Vegas.

The White Sox traded for first baseman Yonder Alonso from Cleveland. The team announced the move on Saturday.

“Alonso provides a proven offensive performer from the left side of the plate and he also brings a veteran presence both on and off the field,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a press release. “Yonder has a solid reputation around the league as a professional and a great teammate.” 

Now that the trade is official, one thing worth noting with Alonso is that he is the brother-in-law of Manny Machado. This is after the White Sox were reportedly set to meet with Machado next week.

Outside of his connection to Machado, the trade is an odd fit without the context of the entire offseason yet. Alonso is 31 and coming off a bit of a down year by his standards. He hit .250/.317/.421 with 23 home runs and 83 RBIs last season with the Indians. The year before that he was an All-Star for the first time in his career while splitting the season between the Mariners and A's.

However, Alonso's 83 RBIs in 2018 were a career high. He is under contract for $8 million in 2019 and has a $9 million option (that includes a $1 million buyout) for 2020.

The intriguing part of this is that it brings into question Jose Abreu's future with the White Sox. There have been rumors about the Cuban first baseman potentially being involved in a trade this winter. Alonso's addition means something has to give with the first base/DH situation. After non-tendering Matt Davidson because he fell behind Abreu and Daniel Palka as players who only fit those two spots, adding another in Alonso wouldn't make sense unless Abreu or Palka are on the move.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale said that the White Sox have no intention of trading Abreu, for what it's worth.

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White Sox reportedly will meet with Manny Machado next week

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White Sox reportedly will meet with Manny Machado next week

The Winter Meetings didn't bring a resolution to either the Bryce Harper or Manny Machado free agency sagas.

That means we're still waiting on any bit of news to figure out what is going on. The latest, from 670 The Score's Bruce Levine, is that the White Sox plan to meet with Machado next week.

According to Levine, Machado will meet with at least six teams next week. Previously, it was reported that Machado had interest from the Yankees, Phillies and White Sox and three mystery teams. For now, it appears those mysters teams are still just that.

When the White Sox made their pitch to Harper, Jim Thome was reportedly involved. Will they go to the well with Thome again or have a different pitch for Machado? 

Positionally, Machado could be more of a need for the White Sox, but that all depends on how the White Sox would shift bodies on the infield around if Machado joins.

 

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