Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jesse Crain warmed up Monday night in hopes of making his Rays debut after three months out due to a right shoulder strain. He did not get into the game, and it now looks like he will not get that opportunity.
NBC Sports.com's D.J. Short reports that Crain did not feel well on Tuesday after he threw a number of pitches in the Rays' bullpen the night before. Rays manager Joe Maddon does not know if Crain will be able to pitch in the Rays' final series against the Toronto Blue Jays as the Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney tweets.
#rays Maddon said Crain didn't feel right throwing Tuesday after warming up during Mondays game. Doesn't know when he will use him.
— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) September 26, 2013
In addition, if Crain cannot pitch in the regular season, then his chances of making the postseason roster have all but disappeared. He, Maddon, and the Rays were all hoping that Crain could help the team land an American League Wild Card berth, but it looks more and more like the team will win one with or without him. The only question is which one.
Tampa leads the wild card race by one game over Cleveland entering play on September 26, and Cleveland leads Texas by one game for the second spot. The Rays have a magic number of four to secure a postseason berth. The top spot winner hosts the one-game play-in on Wednesday, October 2.
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