Crain appears ready after making it 'over the hump'

Crain appears ready after making it 'over the hump'

MILWAUKEE -- Reliever Jesse Crain appears poised to make the White Sox Opening Day roster and avoid the disabled list after throwing nine strikes in 11 pitches against the Brewers on Friday night.

Crain allowed a leadoff infield single to Alex Gonzalez before striking out Carlos Gomez and getting Jean Segura to bounce into a double play to end the fifth inning.

"I've made it over the hump," Crain said following the 7-2 win over the Brewers. "I was able to let it go pretty good today. I couldn't ask for anything more."

Crain only pitched in four Spring Training games because of a strained right adductor. The team wanted to see him pitch effectively before deciding whether he should open the season on the disabled list or the active roster.

It appears that Friday night's outing cemented his spot on the active roster.

"If he's [feeling] good tomorrow, he's good to go," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Joe DiGiovanni is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.