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White Sox pitcher Jesse Crain scratched from WBC with groin injury

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — New and painfully odd things keep happening to White Sox right-hander Jesse Crain in Arizona.

Last season, he suffered a strained right oblique in spring training, a precursor of nagging injury problems that affected him during the season. His left oblique put him on the disabled list from April 21 to May 15. He went on the disabled list again from June 24 to July 21 with a strained right shoulder.

On Monday, Crain was scratched from playing for Canada in the World Baseball Classic because of a strained right adductor. He said the groin issue probably will sideline him for a week and he expects to be ready for the season.

“I’m bummed about it, but I have to get ready for the season,’’ the 31-year-old reliever said. “I want to get back out there and pitch and not go through what I went through last year. Hopefully be back out there within a week.’’

Limited to 51 appearances in 2012 after making 71 and 67 the previous two seasons, Crain is an important piece to the bullpen. He posted a 2.44 ERA last year and 2.62 in 2011.

“Last year I come to spring and have something I never had before, and this year it’s something else,’’ Crain said. “I have to fight through it and not get my hopes down. If you try to push through it, it will never heal, and then you’re dealing with it all year. So we have to let it relax. It’s strong, it’s like a strain.”

Crain, who was born in Canada, played in the last two WBCs. The Sox will proceed with caution in getting him ready by Opening Day on April 1.

“I’m not overly concerned as we speak,’’ pitching coach Don Cooper said. “We have the best [training staff] in the business taking care of him. Jesse was smart enough to tell us when something wasn’t feeling right. We’re going to nip it in the bud, and hopefully it doesn’t arise later. We’ve got plenty of time.’’

This and that

Jake Peavy’s fastball (92-94 mph) was better Sunday than it was for most of 2012, when he was 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts.

† Adam Dunn batted fourth Monday ahead of Paul Konerko, who might hit fourth, with Dunn fifth, against left-handers. Ventura, who is trying different combinations, said “nothing is set” with his lineup.

† Third baseman Brent Morel, who has played shortstop in two games, entered the game Monday at first base.

† In a B game in Peoria, the Sox defeated the Padres 4-1. Right-hander Zach Stewart pitched two scoreless innings, his fourth scoreless appearance in as many outings.

† Slugging first baseman Keon Barnum, a first-round sandwich pick in the 2012 draft, had surgery Monday to remove the hamate bone in his right hand. He’s expected to be out six weeks.

Hawks fan Hawk

Broadcaster Ken Harrelson was at camp Monday wearing a Blackhawks cap.

“They make the other team look like they’re skating on grass,’’ Harrelson said.



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