BOSTON -- White Sox reliever Jesse Crain threw a successful simulated game Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park and possibly could return from the disabled list by Sunday without going through a Minor League rehab assignment.
"That's going to be up to them, but I think I'll be ready to throw in a game this weekend," said Crain, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to June 24 with a right shoulder strain. "That's just going to [be] dictated by if I throw another bullpen or game on Thursday. I'll be ready probably by Sunday. I don't know if they'll use me."
"Pitching a rehab thing today against Major League hitters has got to be at least the equivalent of throwing 15 pitches in a Triple-A setting," said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. "It went well today and we'll see how he feels tomorrow."
Crain didn't get up and down as if he were throwing two different innings. But the veteran right-hander threw 28-29 pitches, using his full repertoire, and worked as if he was in various counts.
"I felt good throwing my pitches and I think by the next time I do it I'll probably be at 100 percent," Crain said. "I was at probably 90-95 percent today with everything I was doing. I want to get a little sharper with my slider. But curveball, fastball, changeup, I felt good."