Rays' Jesse Crain still battling shoulder problems, season in doubt

Will Jesse Crain ever be able to take the mound for the Rays? (USATSI)
Will Jesse Crain ever be able to take the mound for the Rays? (USATSI)

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When the Rays acquired right-handed reliever Jesse Crain from the White Sox prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, they knew he'd been dealing with a shoulder strain since early July.

Well, it's now late September, and, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets, Crain is still battling that same injury. In fact, he's yet to throw a pitch for the Rays, and, as Topkin notes, it's quite possible that Crain won't pitch at all this season, even if Tampa Bay makes the playoffs. 

That's too bad for Crain and the Rays, as Crain, when healthy, has been one of the most reliable right-handed setup men around. Across parts of 10 major-league seasons, Crain has pitched to a 3.05 ERA (143 ERA+). This season, he made the All-Star team on the strength of his 0.74 ERA across 38 appearances for Chicago. 

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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