The Tampa Bay Rays acquired injured reliever Jesse Crain from the Chicago White Sox on Monday in an attempt to bolster their bullpen for the AL East stretch run.
The White Sox will receive players to be named or cash for Crain, a 32-year-old Toronto-born right-hander who is 2-3 with a 1.15 ERA in 38 appearances. He was placed on the disabled list on July 3 with a right shoulder strain.
"Jesse has been one of the top relievers in the American League, not only this season but also throughout his entire tenure with the White Sox," general manager Rick Hahn said. "We cannot say enough about what Jesse has meant to our bullpen, and the positive impact he's had on our young relievers. We certainly think he has the ability to influence this year's pennant race very positively for the Rays."
The deal was announced before the Rays faced the division-leading Red Sox in Boston on Monday night. Tampa Bay entered the night one-half game behind Boston in the AL East.
Chicago, which was in last place in the AL Central, had lost nine of 12 heading into Monday night's game in Cleveland. Crain was on the field hugging his former teammates as batting practice concluded.
Crain made the All-Star team for the first time this year but did not pitch because he was injured.