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White Sox trade Jesse Crain to Tampa Bay Rays

Updated: July 29, 2013 8:55PM

CLEVELAND – Jesse Crain will join the Tampa Bay Rays when he’s healthy enough to pitch. How often he’s able to take the ball for the Rays will determine what caliber prospect or prospects the Sox get in return.

Crain, the White Sox All-Star right-handed reliever who has been on the disabled list since July 3 with a strained right shoulder, was traded two days before the July 31 non-waiver deadline along with cash considerations to the Rays for players to be named later or cash considerations on Monday.

General manager Rick Hahn will have a pool of players to pick from at a later date. He called the deal, which required approval from commissioner Bud Selig, complicated.

The shoulder “played a huge role in doing it this way,’’ said Hahn, whose alternative was a post-deadline deal involving the complicated waiver process.

“That was not a very appealing alternative when compared with negotiating a deal now prior to the deadline and with the complexities involved in what’s fair compensation for a guy currently on the DL,’’ Hahn said.

Crain, who set a club record with 29 consecutive scoreless appearances over the first half of the season, owns a 0.74 ERA and a 2.10 ERA in 156 appearances with the Sox since 2011-13. He will be a free agent after the season, which is why the Sox have been shopping him to contending teams.

Crain said he is confident he’ll be ready to pitch soon. He was pleased and “excited” to be going to a contender but had nothing but good to say about his time in Chicago.

“Great, great teammates,’’ he said in the visitors clubhouse at Progressive Field before Monday’s game before he left to join the Rays. “Great city. I had an organization that’s been amazing to me. They brought me in here for three years and treated me unbelievably. I think I got better over three years here.’’

Said Rays GM Andrew Friedman to reporters in Boston:”We feel like when healthy, Jesse is among the best relief pitchers in the game.’’

A bouqet for Flowers

With Tyler Flowers catching, Sox pitchers have a 3.75 ERA. With Josh Phegley catching -- albeit significantly fewer innings -- the ERA is 4.38. If that’s compliment tossed his way, Flowers will take it.

“I definitely think there is something to it,’’ Flowers said of that stat, though not specifically to him and Phegley, who is getting most of the innings now. “You can only do as well as what you’ve got. But that’s important to a catcher, it’s something you pay attention to. If the other catcher’s numbers are dramatically better it might be an indication to pay attention to what he’s doing.’’

This and that

Tom Paciorek will fill in for Steve Stone on the Tuesday broadcast. Stone worked Monday’s game but continues to battle an infection that kept him out of the booth last week.

· AA prospects Marcus Semien (shortstop) and left-hander Eric Snodgress were named player and pitcher of the week, respectively, the the Southern League. Semien was 14-for-24 with four homers. Snodgress pitched 14 1/3 scoreless innings.

· *AAA right-hander Andre Rienzo of Brazil is 3-2 with a 1.47 ERA over his last six starts.

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