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Jesse Crain’s setback lowers chances of Sox trading him

Updated: August 27, 2013 6:38AM

One of White Sox general manager Rick Hahn’s better trade chips dipped considerably in value Thursday when right-hander Jesse Crain’s sideline mound session was postponed.

Crain, the Sox’ All-Star setup man with the stellar 0.74 ERA, is on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He doesn’t figure to pitch before the trade deadline Wednesday and likely wouldn’t be dealt before then because of the uncertainty of his shoulder, but Hahn still could move him in a more complicated trade after Wednesday if the players involved cleared waivers..

Crain threw his first bullpen session Tuesday since going on the DL. He threw 33 pitches, all fastballs and changeups, and was hoping to add breaking pitches to the workout Thursday.

After playing catch, he knew he wouldn’t be getting on a mound.

‘‘I felt improvement before I threw my bullpen,’’ he said. ‘‘And after the bullpen, I don’t know. It definitely wasn’t better today.

‘‘It never quite warmed up and didn’t feel good just playing catch, let alone getting off a mound with an angle on it.’’

It was a letdown, needless to say.

“It’s always discouraging when you work hard to get back, and it’s not responding,’’ he said.

Crain was to meet with trainer Herm Schneider and team doctors and said rest might be the next course of action.

The 32-year-old’s three-year contract runs out after the season, and he will re-enter free agency, which is why the last-place Sox would like to deal him. Because he’s not close to 100 percent, they’ll now have to wait — unless another team wants to take a risk.

‘‘He needs more time,’’ pitching coach Don Cooper said. ‘‘I guess I would call it a slight setback because we had a sideline the other day and we were hoping to climb from there and he just wasn’t feeling up to it.

‘‘You move forward, and he goes back in and talks to Herm and talks to our people, and figure out what’s the plan now for him. I’m not sure what that plan is, but right now it’s not throwing sidelines.’’

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