Former White Sox reliever Jesse Crain has signed with the Houston Astros on Tuesday, per multiple media reports.
An All-Star last season, Crain pitched for the White Sox from 2011 until last July when he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, for whom he never pitched.
Crain went 2-3 with a 0.74 ERA for the White Sox and established a franchise record for scoreless innings and appearances (29 games, 29 innings) before he was sidelined by a shoulder strain in early July.
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The right-hander wasn’t eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game because of his injury and didn’t take the mound again for the White Sox, who traded him to Tampa Bay on July 29 as part of conditional deal.
Crain attempted to rehab his way back into form with the Rays but never could get over the hump. Tampa Bay reached the postseason but was eliminated by the Boston Red Sox in the first round.
The right-hander will get a chance to rebound from his health at home this season. Crain -- who had a 2.10 ERA in 156 games with the White Sox -- played collegiately at the University of Houston and still lives in the area with his family.