Jesse Crain could finally make his Rays debut this week

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Jesse Crain was on the disabled list with a shoulder strain when the Rays acquired him in late July from the White Sox and he remains on the disabled list to this date. But things are suddenly looking good.

According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays “expect Crain to be activated and available Monday” afternoon for the finale of a big four-game series with the Orioles. The veteran right-hander made an appearance in an instructional league game late last week in Florida and has reported no abnormal soreness in the days since.

Crain had a spectacular 0.74 ERA and 46/11 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings this summer for Chicago before hitting the shelf.

If he’s truly healthy, he can be an asset for the Rays over the regular season’s final week.

Tampa Bay (85-69) is currently the top dog in the crowded American League Wild Card race.

Colby Rasmus signs a minor league deal with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.