Rays finally activate July acquisition Jesse Crain

Jesse Crain has been with the Rays for almost two months, but not thrown a pitch for them.
Jesse Crain has been with the Rays for almost two months, but has not thrown a pitch for them. (USATSI)

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On July 29, the Tampa Bay Rays acquired relief pitcher Jesse Crain from the Chicago White Sox for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.

On Sept. 23, Jesse Crain was finally activated and joined the Rays active roster, the club announced.

In between, Crain was dealing with a right shoulder strain. In fact, he hasn't pitched since June 29 due to the shoulder issue. The 32-year-old could actually end up being a huge weapon for the Rays in their last week of play and possibly the postseason, too.

Crain, an All-Star for the first time this season, has a 0.74 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. He has 19 holds with just one blown save. He joins the likes of Jake McGee and Joel Peralta as part of the bridge to closer Fernando Rodney.

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