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Deadline pickup may not pitch for Rays

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07:20 AM ET 08.29 | The clock ticks, and time is running out on a Jesse Crain era with the Rays this season. Crain's recovery from the shoulder strain he had when acquired from the White Sox on July 29 has stalled, manager Joe Maddon said, decreasing the chances the All-Star reliever can play the key role the Rays projected. "I'd say 'hopeful' is a nice word. I don't know, I really don't," Maddon said. "We'd probably need to see some significant movement in the next week or so." Crain remains optimistic, saying this week has been better than last, but admits that he, too, is frustrated by the slow, day-to-day nature of his rehab. He has yet to progress past playing catch, having done so Wednesday for the second straight day, and any progression will be based on how he feels [Thursday].

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August 29, 2013  07:56 AM ET

its all part of the game!

August 29, 2013  08:40 AM ET

They seem to be doing just fine without him.

August 29, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Shoulder injuries are tricky. There's a lot of different muscles involved.

August 29, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They seem to be doing just fine without him.

Exactly. Not like they are short on pitching.

August 29, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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If not, he'll help next year.

This is his contract year. I don't know if Tampa would pony up the money he wants.

August 29, 2013  11:39 AM ET

Shame, he was having a really good year until the injury. W. Sox compensation for the trade was conditional, guess they can expect a really poor low A prospect.

August 29, 2013  12:18 PM ET
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Shame, he was having a really good year until the injury. W. Sox compensation for the trade was conditional, guess they can expect a really poor low A prospect.

They might not even get a prospect. Cash is probably what the compensation will be.

 
August 29, 2013  11:48 PM ET

Shoulder injuries are tricky. Depends on how bad the shoulder is injudered. If it is just an inflammation, may not be out very long. Maybe 15 day DL. If muscle or rotator cuff it could be much longer. Some pitchers never recover to pitch again. See Nick Masset of Reds. Injured shoulder 2 years ago in spring training. No where near ready to resume pitching.

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