Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays @ Twins: Crain update and lineups
Posted Sep 13, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 06:05 PM
ST. PETERSBURG – Jesse Crain took another step toward joining the Rays bullpen this afternoon with a 50-pitch bullpen session at Target Field.
The right-hander, who has been sidelined with a shoulder strain since his trade to the Rays on July 29, said he was able to throw all his pitches Friday and could be game-ready by some time next.
The next step is throwing live batting practice Monday.
“Depends on how I feel and how it goes,” he said. “I can probably tell the most on how I feel, if I’m ready or not. I won’t know that until I go out there and face those guys. I think if it goes real well I think I can be ready maybe a day or two after that. It depends on what they want to do and how it goes.”
Crain would give manager Joe Maddon another late-inning option and reduce some of the wear on Jake McGee and Joel Peralta.
The Rays look to win two straight games tonight when they open this three-game series against the Twins.
Here are the lineups:
Archer RHP (8-7, 3.19)
Correia RHP (9-11, 4.30)