Jesse Crain sets White Sox record for scoreless outings
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago White Sox's Jesse Crain (26) winds up to deliver to the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Arlington. The White Sox won 3-1. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
SOX AT ROYALS
The facts: 7:10 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The starters: Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30 ERA) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72).
THE REST OF THE SERIES
Saturday: 1:10 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) vs. Wade Davis (4-5, 5.18).
Sunday: 1:10 p.m., 670-AM, 97.5-FM. Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.39) vs. James Shields (2-6, 2.72).
MINNEAPOLIS — Through the worst time of his career, Jesse Crain has been at his best.
The right-handed reliever pitched a scoreless inning Thursday for his 28th consecutive appearance without allowing a run, breaking the club record set by J.J. Putz in 2010.
Crain lowered his ERA to 0.55 and recorded the 37th strikeout of the streak, which covers 28 innings.
But it was a melancholy moment for the 31-year-old, who discussed the feat in a subdued clubhouse. The probability that he’ll be traded before the deadline grows with each loss.
“It’s been pretty frustrating, probably the toughest stretch I’ve been on,’’ he said of the Sox’ 17 losses in the last 22 games.
First step for Peavy
Jake Peavy (displaced rib fracture) rode an exercise bike for the first time since he pitched June 4 in Seattle, did some shoulder exercises and took some treatment on the trainer’s table Wednesday.
“It wasn’t exactly pain-free but a step in the right direction,’’ Peavy said Thursday. “It was fun to be active again after not being able to do anything for two weeks.
“The thing for me is to stay active enough to not lose everything you have and have to start from the bottom. I haven’t done any cardiovascular exercises, throwing, shoulder work. That can set you back quite awhile if you don’t get back on the horse.’’
Peavy expects to have an MRI exam to check the healing, and he hopes to play light catch soon. He likely won’t pitch again for about four weeks. That puts him on a timetable to return after the All-Star break.
“I’m not sure,’’ Peavy said. “It’s too early [to know for sure].’’
Deunte Heath was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after the game. The 27-year-old right-hander has allowed 10 runs in 72/3 innings in five relief appearances.
Four in the fold
The Sox signed four more draft picks to minor-league contracts — shortstop Tyler Shryock (12th round), right-hander Joey Wagman (17th), right-hander Charlie Sharrer (26th) and shortstop Audry Santana (38th).
The Sox’ top 12 picks and 31 of their 40 selections are signed.
Thirteenth-round pick Danny Hayes and Oregon State advanced in the College World Series on Wednesday. Adam Engel, a 19th-round pick out of Louisville, was eliminated from the championship tournament Monday.