NEW YORK -- Brian Omogrosso became the ninth rookie on the 2012 White Sox roster and seventh rookie pitcher when the right-hander's contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Friday's game against the Yankees. Righty Brian Bruney went on the 15-day disabled list with left hip inflammation to open up the spot.
An eighth rookie hurler could be arriving soon if the soreness in the back of Jesse Crain's right shoulder doesn't dissipate. Crain felt a little shoulder soreness after his most recent outing, last Saturday against Milwaukee, and then "felt something" on Monday. He threw off the mound on Tuesday night, and the discomfort was a little worse on Wednesday.
When Crain still felt it on Thursday, he went to see Dr. David Altchek, who repaired his torn rotator cuff and labrum in 2007. From what Altchek saw, no MRI exam was needed. The telling sign will be when Crain throws again, after taking off Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
"That's going to have to be a decision they make," said Crain of a potential trip to the disabled list. "If I'm not ready to throw in the next day or two, then probably. There's no point of rushing back if we're not ready to go, so we'll see how it goes on Sunday or Monday if I throw and go from there."
One explanation is that some muscles could be "exhausted" after Crain had a short Spring Training due to a right oblique strain and then missed from April 21 to May 14 with a left oblique strain.
"Maybe the arm wasn't quite in shape and maybe the rotator muscles are exhausted," Crain said. "That's where we think we are right now. Hopefully, give those a couple days and they recover fast."
Omogrosso, 28, has been with the White Sox since they made him their sixth-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. The hard-throwing righty, who can reach the high 90s with his fastball, has battled injuries through parts of seven years in the White Sox system, but he smiled on Friday as he realized his perseverance paid dividends.
"I've had a lot of days where I would sit in the hotel room with injuries and think that I would never get here," said Omogrosso, who credited Minor League pitching coaches J.R. Perdew and Richard Dotson for pushing him. "I always said there would be a light at the end of the tunnel."