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Jesse Crain thinks Red Sox ‘would be fun to play for’

07.16.13 at 8:26 pm ET
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NEW YORK – He’s one of many, but he’s still one.

Jesse Crain, the White Sox reliever who made the American League All-Star team despite being currently sidelined with a right shoulder strain, understands that when the non-waiver trade deadline conversation starts, his name is usually going to be surfaced … especially when the Red Sox are part of the dialogue.

“I’ve never been traded or anything before, so it’s kind of new,” said the 32-year-old prior to the All-Star Game at Citi Field Tuesday night. “I was thinking about it a lot before I got injured, but since I’ve been on the DL I have kind of pushed those thoughts aside and been more focused on getting healthy and getting back out there and then seeing what happens.

“I’ve obviously heard Boston being a potential place. They already took one of our relievers. I would actually be surprised if they took another one. First-place club, it would be fun to play for. Right now I’m not trying to worry about that. I’m just trying to get healthy because I can’t do anything or help anybody until that happens.”

Prior to succumbing to his shoulder issue (which isn’t believed to sideline Crain for more than another week or two), the righty was believed to be one of the hottest commodities on the trade market.

He carries an 0.74 ERA over 36 2/3 innings, having struck out 46 and walked 11. He last pitched on June 29.

While Crain – who is eligible for free agency at the conclusion of the season – hasn’t experienced being traded first-hand, he just recently witnessed the process when his former White Sox teammate, Matt Thornton, was dealt to the Red Sox.

“You’re still surprised, even though he’s been talking about being traded for the past three years, always in the rumors,” said Crain of Thornton. “But until it actually happens it is still a little shocking. You get the phone call and you’re like, ‘Oh, really? It already happened? I’m gone.’ I’m sure he was a little bit nervous just because he’s been with the White Sox so long. I think it’s a good move for him, and a good move for the Red Sox.”

As for what Boston is getting in the 36-year-old reliever, Crain added, “Just to have a veteran left-handed reliever who has done it for a long time, throws strikes and has good stuff. He’s been there before and he’s a guy that works hard and doesn’t shy away from anything.”

Now, with two weeks until the deadline, Crain is digging in in case its his turn.

“That other teams like you, and want you to pitch for them, it’s always flattering,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but it’s always nice to hear that.”

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