|By Keith Allison, via Wikimedia Commons|
Crain will begin playing catch on Monday, and after some evaluation, he should start throwing off a mound as the Astros open Spring Training. He does not expect to pitch in any exhibition games until later in March, but he feels that if he can pitch by the end of camp, then he has a very good chance of making that mid-April date to make the 25-man roster. Much of it depends on how he feels. Said Crain,
Crain was one of the best relievers in the first half of 2013 at 2-4, 0.74 ERA, 1.115 WHIP, and 11.3 K/9 ratio with the White Sox. His season ended on July 2 with the strained biceps. The White Sox traded him to Tampa Bay, but he did not return to help the Rays as they had hoped. In December, Crain signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with Houston for 2014.