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.

Mike Napoli tore his ACL

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Mike Napoli suffered a torn right ACL and meniscus while playing for Triple-A Columbus the other night. The injury will require season-ending surgery.

Given that Napoli will turn 37 this year, given that he will need 10-14 months of rehab and given that, as it was, he was unable to find a major league gig, it’s almost certain that this injury will end Napoli’s career.

Napoli was off to a 1-for-24 start at Columbus after signing a minor league contract with the Indians this spring. He hit .193/.285/.428 for the Rangers in 2017. If this is it for Napoli, he’ll end his career with a line of .246/.346/.475 with 267 homers and 744 driven in. He appeared in the World Series with the 2011 Rangers, the 2013 Red Sox and the 2016 Indians, winning a ring with Boston.