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Friday, September 5, 2014

Astros Injury Update: Jesse Crain likely out for season

By on 9/05/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Houston Astros enter a weekend series against the Oakland A's with a 61-79 record, fourth in the American League West. Although the Astros have won 10 more games than all of last year, they are still struggling on the mound, ranked 26th in the Major Leagues in ERA. One key loss was reliever Jesse Crain, who has been out all season and most likely will not pitch at all this season.

As reported by Brian McTaggart of, Crain underwent surgery to correct tendonitis in his biceps last October and although he hasn't completely ruled out pitching this month, concedes it's extremely unlikely.

"I'm making progress, but in the big scheme of things, time is running out. We'll see. I'll keep grinding until the finishing bell rings. I'm definitely getting better and making progress, and whether it's going to be enough time to get into a game, it's hard to say. We'll see."
Crain would like to be a part of the Astros continued rebuilding process, but knows he has to get healthy first.
"All I can do is get as close as I can and see where I'm at. It doesn't make sense on their part at this point to rush to get [me] into a game or two or three. We'll see what happens."
Crain was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2002. The veteran pitched for the Twins from 2004 through 2010 and for the White Sox the past three seasons.  His ERA improved each of the past four seasons, although his workload has also decreased from a career high 71 games in 2010 to 38 last season.  In 532 career games, Crain is 45-30 with a 3.05 ERA. In 532 innings, he's allowed only 449 hits and struck out 440.

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