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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%: 6/0 | Average Draft Position: 278.86
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Matt Albers, Jesse Crain could start throwing on mound in 10 days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters that he hopes that relievers Matt Albers and Jesse Crain will be able to throw on a mound in the next 10 days, according to MLB.com.

Albers has been sidelined since April 22 with right shoulder tendinitis, while Crain is working his way back from biceps tendinitis surgery performed in October.

"It's one of those things it's taken so much longer than I, or they, originally anticipated that it's hard to put a specific date on it," Luhnow said. "They are progressing, and neither has had any sort of setback in a while, which is good news, but we're taking it very slow because we really don't think we can afford any more setbacks. It would probably cost us the rest of the season if that occurs."

Jesse Crain unlikely to return pre-ASB


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Though he was initially targeting a return from a shoulder injury in late June, Astros reliever Jesse Crain is likely to be pushed back to the All-Star break, according to the Houston Chronicle Tuesday.

Crain, who was with the team in Houston Tuesday, is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery a bit slower than expected. General manager Jeff Luhnow acknowledged Crain still has some strengthening to do in the shoulder.

"Still working on the strengthening and recovering from weakness in his [right scapula muscle]," Luhnow said. "I don't have a timeframe. I think right now since we're in the middle of June you would have to assume that him coming back in June is probably not going to happen."


Jesse Crain targeting late June return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Astros pitcher Jesse Crain, who is working his way back from biceps tendinitis surgery performed in October, told MLB.com on Thursday that he is targeting a return in late June. Crain recently moved his rehab to Florida and has thrown off a mound three times without any setbacks.

"We're still taking it day by day, and we have the schedule put in pencil because of all the things we've been through," Crain said. "Sometimes you have to easily erase and change things. I'm feeling good about it. Before I didn't really know what to say, but now I'm starting to feel good about it. That's a good sign."

Jesse Crain throwing at 60 to 70 percent


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Astros pitcher Jesse Crain is throwing at 60 to 70 percent, according to the Houston Chronicle

Crain was able to throw a bullpen session Saturday, but did not go all out. He's attempting to come back from offseason shoulder surgery. Crain came away from the session optimistic. "I was able to get through it, didn’t have any setbacks. … It was a positive, a step forward," he said.

Crain has not pitched since last June due to arm issues.


Jesse Crain on 60-day DL, but May 29 return still stands


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Astros reliever Jesse Crain, who has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list in the wake of the Tony Sipp signing, is still slated to return on his May 29 eligibility date.

Crain has been sidlined with a biceps injury.


Two injured Astros pitchers throw Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Injured Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (lat strain) threw live batting practice Tuesday, while reliever Jesse Crain (biceps) threw off flat ground, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"Wojo had a live batting practice," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "That was his first time doing that, so that was a big milestone for him, and Crain threw flat ground today."


Bursitis pushes back timetable to return for Jesse Crain


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) The physical problems have continued for Astros reliever Jesse Crain, whose return from a biceps injury has been halted due to bursitis in the right elbow. The new ailment has pushed back his return date.

"The early May timetable is no longer early May," general manager Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle.

Crain has not pitched in a major league game since late last June.


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."