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Jesse Crain | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/5/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Houston
Contract: view contract details

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Astros activated RHP Jesse Crain from the 60-day disabled list.
Crain wound up missing the entire 2014 season due to his recovery from biceps surgery, as well as a shoulder ailment. He'll likely net an incentive-laden deal over the winter. Oct 31 - 9:48 AM

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Jesse Crain (biceps, shoulder) is not expected to pitch this season.

The Astros signed Crain last offseason with hopes that he'd be their setup man or closer, but he never made it back from biceps surgery, encountering issues with his shoulder along the way. He'll be a free agent again this winter and is a big question mark with his health concerns.
Sep 12 - 10:48 AM

Jesse Crain (shoulder) has progressed to throwing off a mound.

Crain had been limited to flat-ground work after having another setback. "I'll keep on grinding away and see what happens," Crain said. "For the last two weeks, I've been feeling pretty good." Crain is aiming to face hitters in the next couple weeks and remains hopeful of returning before the end of the season.
Aug 19 - 9:29 PM

Jesse Crain (shoulder) remains limited to flat-ground throwing.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said 18 days ago that he hoped Crain would be throwing off a mound in 10 days. The club remains hopeful of adding Crain to their bullpen sometime next month, but it's not looking good.
Aug 11 - 9:39 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday that the hope is that Jesse Crain (shoulder) will begin throwing off the mound sometime in the next 10 days.

Crain is now recovered from the right biceps surgery he had last October, but he's still working on strengthening his shoulder. The Astros signed the veteran reliever for $3.25 million over the winter, but he's no lock to pitch in the majors this year.
Jul 24 - 5:04 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday that Jesse Crain (shoulder) remains without a timetable.

Crain began the season on the disabled list while recovering from biceps surgery, but he's had a couple setbacks with his shoulder and that's the bigger issue at this point. "Still working on the strengthening and recovering from weakness in his scap (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."
Jun 24 - 9:44 PM

Jesse Crain (biceps, shoulder) might throw to hitters this week.

Crain's rehab was slowed down back in April after he developed bursitis in his shoulder, but he has been throwing for about a month now. The hope is that he could finally be ready to join the Astros' bullpen in late June, but he obviously still has some hurdles to cross.
Jun 10 - 9:33 AM

Jesse Crain (biceps, shoulder) is aiming to join the Astros' bullpen in late June.

Crain resumed throwing off a mound nearly two weeks ago after having a setback when he developed bursitis in his right shoulder. It's not clear when he'll begin a rehab assignment, but obviously he's still a ways away.
May 29 - 6:48 PM

Jesse Crain (biceps, shoulder) threw a bullpen session Saturday at what he estimated to be 60-70 percent effort.

Crain is coming along slowly but surely after having a setback last month when he developed bursitis in his shoulder. He's hoping to join the Astros' bullpen sometime in June. "It went good, good as I can expect right now," Crain said after tossing Saturday. "I was able to get through it, didn’t have any setbacks. … It was a positive, a step forward."
May 18 - 9:32 AM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Friday that the club is hoping to get Jesse Crain (biceps) back from the disabled list when first eligible on May 29.

Crain was moved to the 60-day DL Friday in order to clear 40-man roster space. The reliever is coming back from biceps surgery and recently had a setback when he developed bursitis in his right elbow. He's already throwing again, but the Astros wanted to give Crain a few more weeks to get ready. He could eventually take over the team's closer job.
May 2 - 2:35 PM

Astros transferred RHP Jesse Crain from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Tony Sipp. Crain is coming back from biceps surgery and recently had a setback when he developed bursitis in his right elbow. He's throwing on flat ground again but now won't be eligible to return until the end of the month.
May 2 - 2:11 PM

Jesse Crain (biceps, elbow) resumed throwing on flat ground Tuesday.

Crain was shut down for about a week after developing bursitis in his right elbow. The reliever had been hoping to join the Astros' bullpen in early May, but obviously he's not anywhere close to a return. It's not clear when he'll be ready for mound work again.
Apr 30 - 9:34 AM

Jesse Crain (biceps) is no longer throwing off a mound after developing bursitis in his right elbow.

"Early May timetable is no longer early May," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. Luhnow did not offer a new timetable for the veteran reliever, but Crain won't resume throwing for 7-10 days. Fantasy owners that have stashed Crain hoping for some saves are no doubt growing impatient.
Apr 25 - 4:52 PM

Jesse Crain (biceps) has yet to appear in an extended spring training game.

Crain is throwing off a mound but has yet to be cleared for game action. He'll eventually have to go on a rehab assignment after getting into some games at the Astros' spring training complex. Crain had been hoping for an early-to-mid-May return, and it's looking like he might be lucky to be back during the latter end of that timetable.
Apr 23 - 10:30 AM

Jesse Crain (biceps) will continue his rehab in Florida and could throw off a mound as early as Tuesday.

"It’s a day-by-day thing," Crain said. "I just played catch. Today was my best day throwing — today was my first good day of throwing (since the bullpen). Took it easy." Crain is still shooting for a return in early May despite not yet throwing off a mound this year. The Astros signed the right-hander this winter with the understanding that Crain wouldn't be ready for the start of the season.
Apr 2 - 6:34 PM

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