GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There was good news to report from White Sox reliever Jesse Crain, whose Wednesday throwing session was considered a step forward in his battle with a slightly strained right oblique.
Crain played catch and then threw 20 pitches in front of the mound and 10-12 pitches on the mound. He hopes to be throwing a hard bullpen session Friday and then get back into Cactus League action if all goes well.
"I didn't go 100 percent. I got off the mound and I was throwing strikes, throwing all my pitches," said Crain, who was scratched last Wednesday from a potential relief appearance and has not pitched since. "You know, it was a big step forward, especially coming from where it felt the last couple of days. I think it's something that day by day it will get better."
Manager Robin Ventura has expressed little worry with Crain's injury, saying White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider has given him little reason to worry. General manager Ken Williams has the same feeling that Crain will be ready for the start of the regular season.
"We've got two weeks left," said Williams with a smile.