ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Reliever Jesse Crain threw 24 pitches in a Fall Instructional League game Thursday afternoon in Sarasota, Fla., and he could enter the Tampa Bay Rays' bullpen this weekend if he feels fine Friday.
Crain, on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain, said the outing "went kind of better than I expected, feeling-wise," and the team will determine his next step Friday.
"It's definitely been a battle," Crain said. "There's days where you wake up and your arm just doesn't feel good. You don't know how it's going to react. Today was actually one of those days. When I woke up, I didn't know how it was going to react. To be able to get out there and actually start throwing, it actually felt way better than expected, which is a good thing."
Rays manager Joe Maddon said there's a possibility Crain could be activated Friday, but he added it's more likely Crain will enter the bullpen either Saturday or Sunday.
"Tomorrow is going to be the day to find out how he ...