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White Sox’ Jesse Crain pulls out of World Baseball Classic with injury

White Sox pitcher Jesse Crain. | AP

White Sox pitcher Jesse Crain. | AP

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Updated: March 4, 2013 10:44AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox right-hander Jesse Crain has been scratched from playing for Canada in the World Baseball Classic because of a strained right adductor.

“I’m bummed about it but I have to get ready for the season,’’ the 31-year-old reliever said.

The muscle affected is inside the thigh near the groin.

“I want to get back out there and pitch and not go through what I went through last year,’’ said Crain, who battled through oblique issues that first occurred during spring training in 2012. “Hopefully be back out there within in a week.

“Last year I come to spring and have something I never had before and this year it’s something else. 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 played in the WBC the last two years.

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