CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Jesse Crain said he threw 10-15 pitches off flat ground Thursday and felt like his strained left oblique is "working its way out." It was the second time Crain, who is on the disabled list, retroactive to April 21, has thrown since going on the DL. He also threw on Tuesday. "The other day, when I was done throwing, it felt pretty tight and sensitive, but today it doesn't feel quite like that," Crain said. "I think it's a step forward."
Crain said he plans to throw off flat ground again on Friday and perhaps throw off the mound on Saturday. He's eligible to come off the DL on Sunday, but Crain and manager Robin Ventura said that's unlikely to happen, adding the the right-hander will need one or two Minor League rehab appearances before returning to the White Sox. "With the DL and everything else, you make sure he's going to be healthy when he comes back here," Ventura said. "I don't want him to do something here and then get pushed back another 15 [days]." Although Crain said he's disappointed he won't be able to return Sunday, he said he's pleased he's now throwing and nearing a return. "It's definitely changing every day, and I think I'm close," Crain said.