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26 Jesse Crain RP
Height/Weight: 6-1/215 | Birthdate: 7/5/1981 | Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, CAN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: Houston | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $4,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 13/0 | Average Draft Position: 279.35
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Jesse Crain could throw in extended spring games soon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Astros reliever Jesse Crain, who continues to work his way back from biceps surgery, hopes to throw in extended spring games in 7-10 days, reports MLB.com.

"I think once I'm to that point, it'll be pretty quick for me to come back," he said. "It's getting to know how I feel and feeling 100 percent."


Jesse Crain to continue rehab in Florida


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Though he dealt with some soreness in his last bullpen session, Astros reliever Jesse Crain does not appear to have suffered a setback in his recovery from biceps surgery. According to MLB.com, Crain will join the team's extended spring training in Kissimmee, Fla. Monday.

Crain has thrown in the bullpen once, and expects to begin pitching off a mount once he gets to Florida. He is targeting a return to the majors in May.  


Jesse Crain deals with soreness in bullpen session


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Astros pitcher Jessie Crain felt soreness in his first bullpen session last week, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Crain isn't pitching off a mound as he recovers from biceps tendinitis surgery. However, he believes that a return in early May is still "reasonable."


Astros place three on 15-day disabled list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) The Astros placed pitchers Jesse Crain (biceps, calf), Alex White (elbow) and Asher Wojciechowski (back) on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced. All moves were backdated to to March 21, MLB.com reports.

Jesse Crain scheduled for bullpen session Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) Astros pitcher Jesse Crain is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring Thursday, MLB.com reports.

Crain is recovering from biceps tendinitis surgery, which will likely cause him to open the season on the disabled list. He's hoping to come back before the end of April, and a successful session Thursday would go a long way towards making that happen.


Astros intend to go with closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter said Sunday he expects to open the season with a closer-by-committee approach. He said the plans could change, but right now no one has taken hold of the job.

Before spring training began, Porter had identified Josh Fields, Matt Albers, Chad Qualls and Jesse Crain as candidates for the closer's role. Unfortunately, Crain has been sidelined all spring due to injury.


Jesse Crain likely to start season on DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com Saturday that pitcher Jesse Crain likely to begin the season on the disabled list. Crain is recovering from biceps tendinitis surgery and is hoping to return to the mound in late April.

Jesse Crain hoping to get on mound in two weeks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Astros pitcher Jesse Crain is hoping to be on a mound in two weeks, according to MLB.com.

Crain is recovering after biceps tendinitis surgery, but feels like he's getting closer to a return. Crain was expected to compete for the closer role, but the injury should put him behind at the start of the year. Crain posted a 0.74 ERA in 36 2/3 innings last year. He dealt with a shoulder injury, which limited his innings. 


Jesse Crain performs agility drills Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Due to the improvement in his strained right calf, Astros pitcher Jesse Crain took part in agility drills Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

While the improvement in his calf in encouraging, Crain's biggest focus is getting his arm rounded into form after undergoing biceps tendinitis surgery in October.

"The calf's getting a lot better," Crain said Tuesday. "I should be out and hopefully running within the next week. The good thing is if I was on the mound throwing and getting ready for the season and this happened, it would be a setback. As far as where I am with my throwing program, it didn't affect any of that. That's a good thing and it's still a process, day-by-day thing and building my arm strength back up. Hopefully every day it's getting stronger, which it is."

Crain is one of the leading candidates for saves in the Houston bullpen if he can get and stay healthy.


Jesse Crain feels he might be able to start running soon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Astros reliever Jesse Crain (biceps, calf) thinks he can attempt to run in a few days, according to the Houston Chronicle. He no longer is in a walking boot and said he is feeling good.

Calf strain a pain to Jesse Crain


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) An MRI on Astros reliever Jesse Crain has revealed a calf strain, per the Houston Chronicle.

Crain is already out as he recovers from biceps surgery he underwent in October. He is not expected to return to game action until May.


Jesse Crain not worried about calf injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Astros reliever Jesse Crain, who is dealing with a strained calf, was wearing a walking boot on his right foot Wednesday. Crain will get the results of his MRI Thursday, but he said he's not too concerned about the injury, per MLB.com.

Jesse Crain dealing with calf strain


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Astros pitcher Jesse Crain is dealing with a calf strain, according to the Houston Chronicle

Crain injured his calf while exercising in the gym. He is still able able to work on his arm strength despite the injury. Crain posted a 0.74 ERA in 36 2/3 innings last season.


Competition for Houston's closer's job remains wide open


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter said Monday the competition for the closer's role is wide open between Josh Fields, Matt Albers, Chad Qualls and Jesse Crain, according to the Houston Chronicle. However, Porter acknowledged Qualls experience as a closer carries some value.

Crain, however, might have a tough time competing for the job this spring since Porter said Monday there is still no timetable for when Crain will throw off a mound. The veteran reliever is still recovering from right biceps surgery in October.


Chad Qualls, Matt Albers among Astros closer candidates


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Relief pitchers Chad Qualls and Matt Albers are the strongest candidates for the Astros closer role, according to the Houston Chronicle

Though Qualls is coming off back surgery, he's probably in the lead for the position. Jesse Crain may have been considered, but it's starting to look like he'll miss the beginning of the year with arm trouble. Qualls didn't dwell on the potential to close out games, saying that decision was up to manager Bo Porter.

Albers did the same. When asked whether he cared about his role, Albers said he wouldn't mind pitching in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning. 

Both players will likely compete for the job during spring training. Unless Crain can come back soon, they look to be the favorites for the position.


Jesse Crain not expected to be ready for start of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2014) Astros pitcher Jesse Crain will throw for the first time since undergoing right biceps surgery in October. However, he is not expected to be ready for the start of the season, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"That would be a huge bonus if I was ready (for the start of the season)," Crain said. "I’m not planning on that. I would be surprised if I was ready by then."

Jessie Crain to resume throwing Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) Astros pitcher Jesse Crain is scheduled to throw Monday for the first time since undergoing biceps surgery in October, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Crain is shooting to return by opening day, but his availability will depend on how his rehab goes over the coming weeks. Signed by Houston in the offseason, Crain went 2-3 with a 0.74 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 38 relief appearances with the White Sox last season.


Jesse Crain trying to move onto the 'next step'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) Astros reliever Jesse Crain (biceps) said Saturday he is about 10 days away from throwing, according to CSNHouston.com.

"We have a plan and a certain schedule for that and so far all the rehab has been going well," Crain said. "We just want to make sure that I'm all the way healthy and strong before we get to that next step becasue you can always speed it up on the back end."


Jesse Crain set to start throwing in a couple of weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) Astros reliever Jesse Crain (biceps) said Tuesday there is no set timetable for when he will be ready to pitch, according to CSN Houston. He will start throwing in a couple of weeks.

Jesse Crain might not be ready for start of spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) Newly signed Astros reliever Jesse Crain underwent surgery to deal with biceps inflammation in October, but he passed his physical and should start a throwing program in a few weeks, according to general manager Jeff Lunhow. However, there's no guarantee Crain will be ready for the start of spring training.

Jesse Crain to join competition for closer's role in Houston


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said the decision on who will be the team's closer in 2014 will be up to manager Bo Porter, according to the Houston Chronicle. However, Lunhow said newly signed reliever Jesse Crain will be in the competition with the rest of the bullpen.

Astros add Jesse Crain to bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) The Astros announced Tuesday they signed veteran reliever Jesse Crain to a one-year contract. Crain was traded from the White Sox to the Rays in July, but Crain never made a relief appearance for Tampa Bay because of a shoulder injury.

Crain was 2-3 with a 0.74 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 38 relief appearances for Chicago last season. Since 2011, Crain has been one of the top relievers in the majors, posting a 2.10 ERA, which ranks tied for fourth in the AL. He also ranks tied for fourth in the AL with a .187 opponents' batting average vs. right-handed hitters in that span.

Additionally, Crain is striking out 10.6 batters per nine innings since 2011, which ranks sixth in the AL, while his 53 holds rank eighth in the AL in that span. Crain has recorded career lows in ERA in each of the past three seasons (2.62, 2.44 and 0.74).

"Jesse Crain is a proven, quality reliever that will help us win games in 2014," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We targeted him early in the offseason and are excited to bring him on board."


Astros looking into signing several free agents


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/11/2013) According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Astros manager Bo Porter is lobbying for his team to sign free agent first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse. The former Oriole, Mariner and National is open to signing a one-year deal.

Also, MLB.com reports that the Astros are pursuing relievers Jose Veras and Jesse Crain and swingman Chad Gaudin. An agreement with Veras, who saved 19 games for Houston in 2013 before getting traded to the Tigers, could be reached sometime on Wednesday.


Fernando Rodney among Rays' free agents


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney, second baseman Kelly Johnson, first baseman James Loney, outfielder Delmon Young, starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez and relief pitcher Jesse Crain have filed for free agency.

The Rays have expressed interest in bringing back Rodney, their closer of the last two years, and Loney, their starting first baseman in 2013.


Jesse Crain's time off the DL is brief


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/30/2013) The Rays placed reliever Jesse Crain on the 60-day disabled list Monday.

Crain had been activated from the DL exactly one week prior, but continued shoulder discomfort prevented him from pitching.