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Is Crain's oblique a concern?

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Is Crain's oblique a concern?

Per Mark Gonzales, Jesse Crain is feeling "slightly" better but still experiences some pain throwing long toss. The righty reliever hasn't pitched since March 12 due to an oblique injury -- the same type of injury that kept John Danks out for a month last year.

Opening Day is two weeks from Friday, and the possibility Crain won't be ready to go on April 6 certainly exists. He probably doesn't need much in the way of preseason preparation, but an inning or two under his belt before Opening Day probably couldn't hurt.

James has a good writeup on the situation over at White Sox Observer, pointing out that Addison Reed and Hector Santiago stand to gain the most if Crain isn't healthy to start the season. The depth of the bullpen would certainly be stretched, as it'd be on Will Ohman, Reed and Santiago to handle the bulk of the seventh and eighth-inning workload.

And early in the season, when starters may not be completely stretched out, the Sox may need to rely on those guys a little more than they would in, say, July. But Crain also shouldn't rush his return and risk aggravating the injury again.

It's a tricky situation, and one to follow for the next few weeks.

Sports Talk Podcast: Is it time for Luis Robert to join the White Sox?

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Sports Talk Podcast: Is it time for Luis Robert to join the White Sox?

David Haugh, Gabe Ramirez and Mark Carman join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The White Sox suffer their 7th-straight loss so it looks like they will be sellers. Should the consider trading Jose Abreu at the deadline? And do they need to bring up Luis Robert or should they play the service time game?

13:50 - Yu Darvish has a second straight solid start at Wrigley. Is this the Yu we always expected? Plus Kap gives some ridiculous stats showing why Kris Bryant should be the permanent 3-hole hitter.

19:00 - Mai Tai Guy makes the media rounds and Carm defends him.

25:00 - Ryan McGuffey joins the panel to preview "Harold Baines: Welcome to Cooperstown" and discuss the state of the White Sox.

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below:

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Jose Abreu says White Sox are missing key players, need reinforcements

Jose Abreu says White Sox are missing key players, need reinforcements

Jose Abreu is one of the leaders, if not the leader of the White Sox, so when he says something, it’s a fair guess to think it’s representative of a large chunk of the clubhouse.

After the White Sox lost to the Royals on Thursday, a loss which finished off a four-game sweep and extended the team’s losing streak to seven games, Abreu talked to reporters in Kansas City and sounded frustrated. He was asked about the importance of not having Tim Anderson and Eloy Jimenez, both on the IL, in the lineup.


Anderson took ground balls before the game on Thursday, which was the second straight game he had done so. He is likely nearing his return. Jimenez just went on the IL on Wednesday.

When Abreu was in Cleveland for the All-Star Game, he said he would “sign myself here” if the White Sox didn’t offer him a contract extension. For him to say something that can be interpreted as frustration towards the organization is notable. It’s also worth mentioning that this was said through a translator so it’s possible a subtlety was lost.

It’s not surprising to hear frustration in the middle of a seven-game winning streak for a team that appeared to be showing signs of improvement in the first half of the season. It’s also not surprising for Abreu to potentially be referencing his countryman Luis Robert.

Abreu helped recruit Robert to the White Sox when he was an international free agent leaving Cuba. Abreu and fellow Cuban Yoan Moncada were said to be part of the draw for Robert to sign with the White Sox.

The 21-year-old outfielder entered Thursday hitting .440/.500/.960 with three home runs in six games since getting promoted to Triple-A Charlotte. Despite his incredibly productive season which has led him to shoot up to No. 5 overall in MLB Pipeline’s prospect rankings, general manager Rick Hahn told reporters on Wednesday that they shouldn’t expect Robert to get called up this season though.


Meanwhile, the big league club is missing two key hitters and in the middle of a seven-game losing streak.

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