Crain not going to rush process of getting shoulder healthy

Crain not going to rush process of getting shoulder healthy

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jesse Crain has been throwing for about a week and has been "climbing again" in his comeback to a Major League mound.

The veteran right-hander, who has not pitched in a game since June 29, 2013, with the White Sox, had thrown off the mound 10 times this spring and had worked his way through three live batting-practice sessions before suffering shoulder soreness that set him back briefly during the week of March 16.

With that setback in mind, Crain won't put a time frame toward any future targets or goals after momentarily thinking there was a chance to break camp with the team with as strong as he felt a few weeks back.

"But I'm moving forward again," said Crain, who played long toss from 120 feet on Monday. "Obviously, when you first come in, you feel like there's a chance, as I was doing so well. ... I don't want to rush it, and [I want to] make sure I'm there and there for good when it happens.

"I've felt better than I have since I've been going through this. So, that's a positive sign. I'm going to stay down here and keep working and be with the staff down here, and we'll put a good plan together to make that happen."

Crain has no idea how long he'll be at extended spring camp. But when the time comes to get in games, he'll test himself to make sure he can pitch without pain.

"When I get out there and play in games, make sure I can go back to back, one day in between, just to make sure I'm recovering well, because it's important as a reliever," Crain said. "I'm sure we are going to get in a handful of games before I'm ready.

"They've been great," said Crain of the White Sox. "That is exactly the reason I came back here. Talking to [White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper] and talking to [general manager Rick Hahn] before I made it back, and the way they were going to treat me and the plan they had for me, they've lived up to their word for it. It's a great place for me to be."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.