After missing much of last spring with a strained right oblique muscle, White Sox reliever Jesse Crain says he won't rush back from a strained adductor muscle this spring.

"I just don't want to go through what I went through last year," Crain said. "Hopefully it is something we can get knocked out early and not have to deal with the rest of the year."

He will miss at least a week with the injury, which also will keep him from pitching for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

"I can't push myself to try to get to the WBC," he said. "The more important things are the season and the White Sox. I'm bummed about it, but I still have to get ready for the season."

Last spring's injury seemed to haunt him through the season. He was on the disabled list in April with a left oblique strain then again in June and July with a sore shoulder.

"It can nag you if you try to push through it and you'll be dealing with it all year," he said. "So we have to let it relax and let it recover."

"You're concerned about it because if he had gone and pitched, there's a chance of really injuring it and being out like he was last year," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's making sure he's ready for the season.