Jesse Crain out of WBC with strained shoulder


Team Canada will be without reliever Jesse Crain in the World Baseball Classic. Crain is the latest major leaguer to drop out of the event.

Crain, a native of Toronto, has been diagnosed with a strained right shoulder. The 31-year-old right hander will be monitored over the next few weeks but there is no guarantee that he will be ready for opening day.

Owed roughly $4.5 million this season the White Sox will be cautious with a relief pitcher who has been a key to their bullpens success the last two seasons. Crain finished the 2012 season with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He appeared in 51 games during his second season with the club.

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