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Jesse Crain | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/5/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Houston
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Jesse Crain (shoulder) is experiencing a little more soreness than normal following an appearance in a minor league game Wednesday.
It doesn't come as a surprise, as it was Crain's first appearance in a live game since June of 2013. While it's not considered a major setback, he can now be ruled out for Opening Day. Crain will play light catch Friday and try regular catch in a few days. Mar 20 - 2:47 PM

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Jesse Crain (biceps, shoulder) is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Wednesday.

It'll be his first taste of live competition this spring. Crain missed the entire 2014 campaign due to right biceps and shoulder issues, so the White Sox have eased him into action this spring. He is expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.
Mar 17 - 4:28 PM

Jesse Crain (biceps, shoulder) threw another round of live batting practice on Thursday.

And he reported feeling great. Crain is scheduled for one more live BP session on Sunday and should then be ready to make his Cactus League debut. The veteran reliever missed the entire 2014 season due to right biceps and shoulder injuries, but he should be ready for Opening Day this year.
Mar 12 - 3:48 PM

Jesse Crain (biceps, shoulder) threw a 30-pitch live batting practice session on Monday.

Crain will go through a similar workout Wednesday or Thursday and could then be cleared for Cactus League action. The veteran right-hander did not pitch in 2014 due to biceps and shoulder injuries. He should be ready for the beginning of the 2015 season.
Mar 9 - 3:43 PM

Jesse Crain (biceps, shoulder) is scheduled to throw live batting practice early next week.

Crain will throw his seventh bullpen session of the spring on Friday and he'll then be ready to face hitters. The veteran right-hander is coming off a missed season due to biceps and shoulder ailments but is aiming to be ready for Opening Day. "It's exciting and I've been feeling really well, but in the meantime, I'm not going to get too high until I get out there," said Crain.
Mar 5 - 8:56 PM

Jesse Crain threw his slider in a bullpen session Wednesday for the first time this spring.

"It's good news to see Jesse throw like that," White Sox manager Robin Ventura told reporters. "He was excited." Crain missed entire 2014 season due to biceps and shoulder issues, but he should be ready for the beginning of the 2015 campaign. The right-hander will be looking to work his way back into a setup role.
Feb 25 - 4:37 PM

Jesse Crain revealed Sunday that he has thrown twice with only one day off for the first time in over a year.

Crain missed the entire 2014 season due to biceps and shoulder issues, but he enters spring training with a clean bill of health. He could be a big part of the White Sox' bullpen if he can stay off the disabled list.
Feb 22 - 1:14 PM

White Sox signed RHP Jesse Crain to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Crain signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract last winter with the Astros but didn't appear in a game due to biceps and shoulder issues. He was a very effective setup man for the White Sox in 2011-2013, posting a 2.10 ERA and 176 strikeouts in 150 innings. It was worth another shot for Chicago.
Jan 22 - 3:42 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 09:48:00 AM

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.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:48:00 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.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 09:29:00 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.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 09:39:00 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.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 05:04:00 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."
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 09:44:00 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.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 09:33:00 AM

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