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Chris Sale to undergo MRI Thursday on elbow

Updated: June 11, 2012 10:24AM

CLEVELAND — Left-hander Chris Sale will undergo an MRI exam on his left elbow Thursday in Chicago, a precautionary move, the White Sox are saying, to make sure there’s nothing wrong.

“He’s not hurt; it’s more monitoring what’s going on and seeing where it’s at,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s kind of precautionary stuff that happens all the time.’’

Pitching coach Don Cooper reiterated Wednesday that Sale might return to the rotation this season. Ventura said it’s possible, but he’d be surprised if it happens.

“That’s something we’ll go over when we get back home,’’ Ventura said. “I don’t see it that way, but again, this all happened pretty fast. Getting everybody in the room and expressing it face-to-face is probably the best thing to do.’’

After his first relief appearance of the season, Sale was down on himself after the Sox’ 5-3 victory Tuesday against the Indians because he failed to hold a lead for John Danks in the eighth. He was in much better spirits Wednesday.

“This is something precautionary; we all want to get the wrinkles out of this and find out 100 percent if there is or isn’t [damage],’’ he said.

Dunn on tears

Adam Dunn’s 10th homer in the first put him within one of his 2011 total and one behind Carlton Fisk (376) on the all-time list. His strikeout in the fourth ran his streak to 36 games with at least one. Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman (37) set the record in 1971-72.

Crain’s progress

Righty Jesse Crain (left oblique strain) threw full-throttle off a mound, clearing the way for his Class AAA rehab assignment Friday in Charlotte. He should be activated Monday.

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