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Crain must heal in hurry to be ready for opener

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Ramon Troncoso owns an 8-8 record and 3.92 ERA in 175 career games with the Dodgers.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Right-handers Ramon Troncoso and Brian Omogrosso, or possibly Jeff Gray, come on down.

An Opening Day roster spot will likely be open for one of them because White Sox reliever Jesse Crain's right adductor (groin) isn't getting better. Crain pitched in a minor league game Wednesday and battled through it. He left the Sox spring training complex before talking to reporters, and returned Thursday morning to share disappointing news.

"It got tight and ended up being swollen," Crain said. "I threw about 10-12 more pitches, flipping it in there. From the first 10 pitches to the last there's a pretty big difference of velocity. Hopefully it's part of the process of getting it stronger. Maybe it's something that's good for about 10 pitches, then just got about tired.''

Crain has pitched in one exhibition game because of the injury, which flared up three weeks ago. He was encouraged after his previous outing. And then came Wednesday's "frustrating" development.

"As of right now, [the discomfort] is still there," he said.

"It's hard because the only way I can tell where I'm at is if I'm pitching. That's the only time I can re-activate that motion."

Crain acknowledged that the disabled list is a possibility to start the season. That makes two pitchers the Sox had hoped to have with them breaking camp but won't. They decided Wednesday to have John Danks work in minor league games and open the season on the DL. Danks had shoulder surgery in August and needs time to build arm strength.

Crain said the groin feels OK until he tries to go 100 percent in game situations.

"Flat ground and the pen, for the most part, is good,'' he said. "At least yesterday it was. Until I get out there in the game and 100 percent trying to throw, it's hard to reenact that motion, so only way I can test it is when I do that. Now I'll try to give it a rest a day or two and then go at it again and see if it can last longer, at least."

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