Notifications

Canada's Jesse Crain joins Rays for playoff race

The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated Toronto-born relief pitcher Jesse Crain from the 60-day disabled list. He was sidelined since July 3 with a strained shoulder.

Reliever activated for Monday's game vs. Orioles

Rays reliever Jesse Crain, who was activated for Monday's game against the Orioles, had a 0.74 earned-run average in 38 appearances for the White Sox this season before straining his right (throwing) shoulder. He was traded to Tampa on July 29. (Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated reliever Jesse Crain from the 60-day disabled list.

Tampa Bay acquired the injured Crain from the Chicago White Sox on July 29.

The Toronto-born right-hander had gone 2-3 with a 0.74 earned-run average in 38 appearances before being placed on the DL on July 3 because of a right shoulder strain.

Prior to the trade, Crain averaged 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

At 86-69, Tampa Bay entered play Monday with a half-game lead over Cleveland (86-70) for the first wild-card spot in the American League.

Crain’s return is a huge boost to the Rays bullpen. Earlier this season, he was named an all-star for the first time in his 10-year major league career.

Crain was told he probably would be pitching by the end of August.

“I would have liked to have been in the last 2 ½ months,” Crain, who is a free agent after the season, told reporters. “As a competitor, you want to go out there every day, especially with the number of close games we’ve been in where I know I could have stepped in and helped, but it’s a process.

“And it’s something where you have to make sure when you come back, you’re able to finish the season.”

In other Rays news, right-hander J.D. Martin was designated for assignment before Monday's game.

The Rays say the results of an MRI exam Sunday showed that centre-fielder Desmond Jennings has a mild left hamstring strain. Jennings, injured running the bases Sunday, is listed as day to day.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.