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Crain, Ventura encouraged by pitcher's outing

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Jesse Crain tested his right adductor in a minor league game and was more upbeat afterward than he was after his last outing.

The White Sox will likely wait till Wednesday, the team's last day in camp, to decide whether he goes with them to Milwaukee for two exhibitions before the Opener on April 1. It hasn't been ruled out.

"My leg didn't act up, I didn't feel anything,'' Crain said. "It felt good, I feel like it was a step forward for sure.''

Crain did not allow a run and struck out two. Seventeen of his 20 pitches were strikes. He will pitch in a game Monday and if that goes well, again on Wednesday.

Manager Robin Ventura said the cold weather in Chicago won't be a factor in the decision.

"If he's healthy, he would be the first one you'd want to go to,'' Ventura said. "We're trying to win games. If he's ready and able, he's going to be on there.''

As eager as Crain is to go North with the team, especially after dealing with two oblique issues and a shoulder last season, he'll be understanding if he's held back on the side of caution.

"I've been around long enough to know you want to be there for most of the season, you don't want to push it and jeopardize the rest of the season,'' he said.

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