Crain takes a timeout for a checkup
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 28, 2012 10:06PM
Alejandro De Aza
Sox at yANKEEs
The facts: 6:05, CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The starters: Jose Quintana
(2-1, 1.25 ERA) vs. Adam
Warren (0-0, 0.00).
Updated: July 30, 2012 6:38AM
NEW YORK — White Sox reliever Jesse Crain left the team to see a local doctor he knows before Thursday night’s game against the New York Yankees.
A team spokesman said Crain has tightness in his right shoulder. He returned before the game with a clean bill of health, the Sox said.
Crain had a brief conversation with pitching coach Don Cooper, saying he wasn’t feeling his best. Shortly after, he left in street clothes. He returned to Yankee Stadium, where he was unavailable to pitch, but manager Robin Ventura said ‘‘as far as I know’’ he would be available Friday.
A strained left oblique muscle put Crain on the disabled list from April 21 to May 14. He had right oblique problems in spring training.
Crain hasn’t pitched since Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers, when he earned the victory in an outing that lasted two-thirds of an inning. His ERA over his last 20 appearances is 2.04.
Septimo gets the call
Rookie left-hander Leyson Septimo arrived from Class AAA Charlotte to replace veteran lefty Will Ohman, who was designated for assignment.
Septimo, a 26-year-old Dominican claimed off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks last June, has no major-league experience. He was 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA with one save for the Knights.
‘‘To get called up is a great feeling, and I’m thankful for it,’’ Septimo said through a translator.
While Septimo’s specialty will be facing lefties, who hit .095 against him with 16 strikeouts, Cooper said he’s equipped to face right-handed hitters, too.
‘‘He was a released player, so credit the scouts for finding this guy and the organization for developing him from the stuff we were working on in spring training,’’ Cooper said. ‘‘He’s here trying to help us.’’
Septimo throws in the low 90s and boasts a slider and changeup. Expect Cooper to introduce the cut fastball before long.
‘‘They usually have one within 15 minutes after they get here,’’ Cooper said.
Yanks’ loss was Sox’ gain
Rookie Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.25 ERA) will be pitching Friday night against the team that didn’t protect him on their 40-man roster. His scoreless streak of 16 innings is the longest by a Sox rookie since Brandon McCarthy (171/3) in 2005.
‘‘I wanted to be put on that 40-man roster and asked for it, but they couldn’t do it,’’ Quintana said through a translator.
‘‘We’re in a good position and we’re out here to duke it out and fight with them.’’
Quintana has been remarkably unfazed pitching in the majors. A year ago, he was only in Class A.
‘‘I know tomorrow will be a big start for me,’’ he said. ‘‘But I’m going to go out for it like I’ve done every start.’’
This and that
Seven ex-Sox are on the Yankees’ 25-man roster: Nick Swisher, Chris Stewart, Jayson Nix, Andruw Jones, Freddy Garcia, Dewayne Wise and Boone Logan.
◆ TBS has added Sunday’s game against the Yankees at 1:05 p.m., and Ch. 9 also will televise. ESPN picked up the Sox’ July 4 game against the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field. The time in that one also stays the same, 6:05 p.m.