Found September 11, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired right-handed reliever Jesse Crain at the trade deadline from the Chicago White Sox, hoping he could fortify their bullpen for the stretch run. However, Crain was injured when the trade was completed, which the Rays knew, and he remains sidelined due to a strained throwing shoulder. After logging his second successful bullpen session yesterday, Crain told reporters -- including Bill Chastain of MLB.com -- that he feels he's "going in the right direction" when it comes to his recovery. "I'm still going in the right direction," Crain said. "Again, like last time, we'll see how I feel tomorrow and go from there and decide what the next step is. But very positive." During yesterday's session, Crain increased his pitch count to 36 tosses, mixing in breaking balls this time. During his initial bullpen, the right-hander threw 25 pitches, all fastballs. At this point, Crain's next step in the recovery process is unknown. Manager Joe Maddon and the Rays' training staff will determine that based on how Crain responds following yesterday's session, but the possibility of facing hitters hasn't been ruled out. Crain and Tampa Bay are encouraged by the progress the late-inning arm has made. If he's able to return this season, he would certainly offer the Rays' 'pen a boost as they continue to vie for a playoff spot, as Crain was one of the game's top relievers prior to his injury. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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