Crain about 10 days away from throwing

Crain about 10 days away from throwing
January 26, 2014, 5:15 pm
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New Astros reliever Jesse Crain is about 10 days away from throwing.

Crain, who signed with the Astros on a one-year deal, had offseason surgery on his biceps but on Saturday said the recovery process is going well.

"We have a plan and a certain schedule for that and so far all the rehab has been going well," Crain said at FanFest on Saturday. "We just want to make sure that I'm all the way healthy and strong before we get to that next step becasue you can always speed it up on the back end."

Crain was an All-Star in 2013, when he posted a 0.74 ERA in 38 games with the White Sox. He was brought to Houston to help a bullpen that struggled mightily last year.

Crain pitched at the University of Houston, so he's happy to be back in town.

"It's an honor to be in this uniform," he said. "I came down here in 2000. So, it's been 14 years now I've been a part of this community and to watch the Astros back in the day ... I went to a ton of games when I was in school. So to actually be able to come out here and see the fans and wear this jersey, I couldn't be happier."

At 32 years old, Crain will be one of the few veterans on the Astros' roster this upcoming season. Of players on the 40-man roster, only Raul Valdes and Chad Qualls are older.

"It's crazy thinking of that," he said. "I feel like I haven't been playing that long. I like to go out there and work hard and be healthy, which obviously didn't work out last year. Just be a guy that they can look up to, how I go about things and not only pitch in this league but pitch a long time. That's kind of what I want to show them and be the leader of that sort."

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