It’s starting to feel like the Chicago White Sox can’t catch a break this season.
Coming off of an encouraging 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox announced this afternoon that both first baseman Paul Konerko (lower back strain) and reliever Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) were headed to the 15-day DL.
There’s no doubt the South Siders will miss their captain Konerko, however, Crain’s absence will create even more frustration in my opinion and will cause more than just one issue for Chicago.
Crain, who owns a 0.74 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP this season, has been the Sox’ top reliever in 2013. With his trip to the DL, the Pale Hose will be missing one of their key arms out of the bullpen for at least a few weeks.
Arguably even more important than not having Crain on the field for an extended amount of time is the fact that most, if not all of his trade value takes a major hit. All signs point to Chicago being sellers come the trade deadline, and before his injury Crain had been labeled as one of the Sox’ most attractive players to buyers. Now, however, it seems as if all hope of acquiring future talent in exchange for Crain has gone out of the window.
Personally, Crain can’t be too thrilled about his strained right shoulder either. Many had the right-hander as an All-Star coming into July, but obviously his stint on the DL will most likely crush any chance of him appearing in his first career All-Star game.
On a positive note, Crain now figures to stay in Chicago for the remainder of the season. However, the good news stops there. Crain will become a free agent at the end of the year, and chances are his numbers will draw attention from teams in need of a new closer, making it unlikely he’ll re-sign with the Sox.