Houston took a risk in signing Jesse Crain after he missed the entire second half with shoulder problems, although a one-year, $3.25 million deal is certainly a reasonable risk to take on a potential impact bullpen arm.
His status for Opening Day remains in question, as CSNHouston.com reports that Crain won’t even begin throwing for at least another 10 days. Here’s what Crain said about his health while attending FanFest over the weekend:
We have a plan and a certain schedule for that and so far all the rehab has been going well. We just want to make sure that I’m all the way healthy and strong before we get to that next step because you can always speed it up on the back end.
If healthy Crain will be the Astros’ closer and he obviously hopes to rack up a bunch of saves and hit the open market again next offseason with a lot more interest, but his last game action was June 29.