Astros have signed free agent RHP Jesse Crain. Former U of Houston Cougar posted 0.74 ERA in 2013.The 32-year old reliever joins the Astros after an All-Star 2013 campaign for the Chicago White Sox, where he posted a career best 0.74 ERA in 38 games pitched with 11.3 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9. The University of Houston alum had his season prematurely cut to an end after right shoulder issues surfaced shortly before a mid-season trade to the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Offseason surgery has Crain on the mend, and although the former Twin is expected to challenge for the closer role in 2014, he is no sure bet to be ready to take the mound.
Crain had surgery this offseason. Hasnt started throwing just yet, Luhnow said. No guarantee he's ready at start of camp but not ruled outCrain was amongst the top relievers in the Majors over his three year reign in the Windy City, posting career lows in ERA each of the past three seasons and a career high in strikeouts in 2011.
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"Jesse Crain is a proven, quality reliever that will help us win games in 2014," General Manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We targeted him early in the offseason and are excited to bring him on board."