Jesse Crain could be days away from his first appearance with the Rays

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The Rays acquired Jesse Crain from the White Sox on July 29, but he has yet to make an appearance for the club due to a right shoulder strain. That could change very soon.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Crain threw 30 pitches today in his first session against hitters in over two months. If his shoulder feels good tomorrow, it’s possible he’ll make his Rays debut within the next couple of days.

Crain, 32, had a 0.74 ERA and 46/11 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings prior to the injury. He acknowledged today that he’s closer to 90 percent than 100 percent, but still thinks he can be effective.

The Baltimore Orioles did not try to get Shohei Ohtani . . . out of principle

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Shohei Ohtani made it pretty clear early in the posting process that he was not going to consider east coast teams. As such, it’s understandable if east coast teams didn’t stop all work in order to put together an Ohtani pitch before he signed with the Angels. The Baltimore Orioles, however, didn’t do so for a somewhat different reason than all of the other also-rans.

Their reason, as explained by general manager Dan Duquette on MLB Network Radio yesterday was “because philosophically we don’t participate on the posting part of it.” Suggesting that, as a matter of policy, they will not even attempt to sign Japanese players via the posting system.

Like I said, that probably didn’t make a hill of beans’ difference when it came to Ohtani, who was unlikely to give the O’s the time of day. I find it really weird, though, that the Orioles would totally reject the idea of signing Japanese players via the posting system on policy grounds. None of their opponents are willing to unilaterally disarm in that fashion, I presume.

More than that, though, why would you make that philosophy public? Don’t you want your rivals to think you’re in competition with them in all facets of the game? Don’t you want your fans to think that you’ll stop at nothing to improve the team?

An odd thing to say for Duquette. I don’t know quite why he’d say such a thing.