CLEVELAND -- Jesse Crain passed his final bullpen test before Wednesday's contest with the Indians, leaving the right-handed reliever to push his recovering strained left oblique in a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte starting Friday.
"This is the first day I didn't feel it letting it go in the 'pen," Crain said. "I'm ready for a game."
Crain threw approximately 25 pitches, took a three-minute break and then went out and threw another 15. He threw all of his pitches and let it go at full force, lining him for Friday and Sunday appearances with the Knights, before hopefully returning to the White Sox on Monday.
There's the added bonus for Crain that he'll probably get his one inning of work Friday as the Charlotte starter.
"First time in my career I got to do that," said a smiling Crain of starting. "Obviously the biggest thing is making sure [the injury] doesn't happen again. You know I felt good even after I came back after Spring Training, only getting a few innings there. I felt like I was in a groove and my mechanics were there and I felt good throwing the ball.
"Even today, I felt like I was in command and had command of all my pitches. It's a good thing. Now it's getting the adrenaline going and getting into game action. You go a little harder, no matter what. I think I'm ready to do that and get back up here and help the team."