The Chicago White Sox's 7-2 win at Milwaukee was virtually secondary to manager Robin Ventura. "Health-wise, it was a good night," Ventura said after Jesse Crain threw an impressive scoreless inning with no pain in his right leg and right fielder Alex Rios running without experiencing any recurring stiffness in his lower back. Those developments mean that, barring a setback Saturday morning, the Sox will set their 25-man roster with no major changes. “If (Crain) is good tomorrow, then he’s good to go," Ventura said. "Same with Alex.” Crain's health was noticeable as he threw harder and more free than in past outings. He threw nine of 11 pitches for strikes in the fifth inning. “I had to let it go and not think about my leg at all and throw like I throw during the season, and it responded well and make good, crisp pitches," said Crain, who had been nagged for three weeks with a right adductor strain. "It probably was the best stuff I’ve had all spring, along from the first game I threw. It felt good.” Rios revealed that he couldn't swing a bat during the one week he missed, but his timing looked superb as he went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and two runs. He ran the bases and slid into second on his double without any discomfort.
Ventura relieved after Crain, Rios pass health tests
Chicago Tribune | Mar 30