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Would-be Astros closer Jesse Crain still isn’t near a return

Apr 23, 2014, 12:16 PM EST

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Jesse Crain hasn’t thrown a pitch in a game since June 29 and it doesn’t look like that will be changing any time soon.

Crain continues to experience setbacks attempting to return from a shoulder injury that cost him the entire second half of last season and left the Rays with nothing to show for acquiring him from the White Sox. He signed with the Astros following biceps surgery this offseason with an eye on becoming their closer and hitting the open market again next winter, but Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that Crain hasn’t even been able to pitch in extended spring training games yet.

Late next month seems like the best-case scenario at this point.

  1. teamobijuan - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Late next month will be the Astros’ next save opportunity.

  2. hk62 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Cute, do you feel better now – teamobijuan and the 7 thumb clickers? (LOL).

    Evan D said he isn’t throwing in games, not that he isn’t throwing – that would be two totally different things. Yes, late May and yes after a rehab assignment – that will be the go signal. Not throwing at all would have been a much bigger deal than not throwing in an EST game. No question he is behind though.

    • teamobijuan - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      He’s right on schedule for a save opportunity. Another month ought to do it.

  3. lilmoose3239 - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Take your time. It’s not like they’ll be in a save situation any time soon anyways.

  4. jkaflagg - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Crain was always a bit of a lottery ticket signing; the fact that Houston brought in several other FA relievers acknowledges this. It sometimes takes some extra time to re-hab and rebuild arm strength after an injury, as we saw with Joe Nathan & Joakim Soria; Astros certainly hoping that he has that kind of payoff, but you could get a Ryan Madsen-type result as well. The most important takeaway from the Crain signing was that Houston made this kind of investment in the first place; while Crain’s potential as a trade chip was important, you also have to realize that they are trying to actually win a few more games along the way as well and will risk some money to do so.

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