Jesse Crain injury: White Sox RHP suffers setback, won't return before trade deadline

Jonathan Daniel

The veteran reliever's chances of moving to a contender at the deadline are now likely shot.

Chicago White Sox right-hander Jesse Crain hit a bump Thursday in his rehab from a right shoulder strain and will not be activated before next week's trade deadline, reports Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago.

The 32-year-old was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday, but still had some discomfort in his shoulder from his time on the mound Tuesday. Crain initially hurt his shoulder at the end of June and hoped that he could work his way back to the mound quickly, but he hasn't been able to shake the discomfort in arm.

The right-hander was one of the hottest commodities on the reliever trade market heading into this week; the Rockies, Reds, Cardinals, Dodgers and Braves were all monitoring his recovery. He had hoped to return to Chicago's 'pen this weekend and get a few solid innings under his belt to prove to interested clubs that he help them down the stretch, but now a move to a contender looks highly unlikely.

Crain will be a free agent at the end of the season, so his new goal is likely to return in time to pad his numbers and net himself a solid deal on the open market. In 36⅔ innings on the year so far, Crain owns a microscopic 0.74 earned-run average and has struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings.

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