(Fort Mill, SC) - Chicago White Sox reliever Jesse Crain, who was placed on the disabled list back on April 27 (retroactive to April 21) with a strained left oblique, will begin a Major League rehab assignment with the Charlotte Knights at Knights Stadium tonight when the club begins a four-game series with the Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets).
Tickets for this weekend's series against the Bisons at Knights Stadium still remain and are available at the Knights Ticket Office located at Knights Stadium, online at www.charlotteknights.com, or by phone at 704-357-8071 (North Carolina) or 803-548-8050. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
Crain, 30, was 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in six games with the White Sox this season before being placed on the disabled list last month.
Last season -- his first with Chicago, Crain posted an 8-3 record with a 2.62 ERA and one save in 67 games. He ranked among the American League relief leaders in winning percentage (2nd, .727), wins (2nd, 8), holds (T-6th, 24) and strikeouts (9th, 70). His eight wins were the most by a White Sox reliever since Antonio Osuna in 2002 (8).
For his career, Crain is 41-24 with a 3.29 ERA in 449 games. He is currently tied with pitcher Claude Raymond for seventh all-time in Major League Baseball for most appearances by a Canadian-born pitcher (449). He also has the most wins by an American League reliever since 2005 with 38.
The first 1,000 fans 12 and under will receive a Knights Jersey Pillow, thanks to Levine Children's Hospital tonight. Also, tonight the club will welcome all Girls Scouts to the ballpark and will have a special Girl Scout Sleepover on the field thanks to Tom Johnson Camping Center. Friday's game kicks-off the Ladies Weekend celebration, which features the 7th Annual Pink Knights on Saturday thanks to Charlotte Radiology and a Mother's Day Pampering in the Park, courtesy of Gildan.