BOSTON - The Tampa Bay Rays acquired injured reliever Jesse Crain from the Chicago White Sox on Monday in an attempt to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run in the tough AL East.
The White Sox will receive players to be named or cash for Crain, a 32-year-old right-hander who is 2-3 with a 1.15 ERA in 38 appearances. He was placed on the disabled list on July 3 with a right shoulder strain.
"Jesse has been one of the top relievers in the American League, not only this season but also throughout his entire tenure with the White Sox," Chicago general manager Rick Hahn said. "We cannot say enough about what Jesse has meant to our bullpen, and the positive impact he's had on our young relievers. We certainly think he has the ability to influence this year's pennant race very positively for the Rays."
The deal was announced before the Rays faced the division-leading Red Sox in Boston on Monday night. Tampa Bay began the day just one-half game behind Boston in the AL East. Crain was expected to fly straight to Tampa Bay, where the Rays open a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight.
Hahn said Crain's injury affected the market for him. The team considered waiting until he is healthy, which could be in a few weeks, and trying to get him through waivers.
Boston's Ortiz won't be suspended in phone abuse
BOSTON - Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz won't be suspended for destroying two dugout phones with his bat during this weekend's series in Baltimore.
Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said the incident remains under review but that a suspension has been ruled out.
Unhappy with two called strikes by plate umpire Tim Timmons in Saturday's game against the Orioles, Ortiz returned to the dugout after being ejected and destroyed the covers of two phones with his bat before charging onto the field.
Ortiz also threw an elbow pad in Timmons' direction before teammate Dustin Pedroia finally got Ortiz under control.
• The Detroit Tigers added some help for their shaky bullpen Monday, acquiring reliever Jose Veras from the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named. Veras is 0-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 19 saves this season, and the 32-year-old right-hander has struck out 44 in 43 innings with only 14 walks.
• Marlins pitchers Jose Fernandez and Steve Cishek were recognized as co-winners of the National League's Player of the Week honor. "We've played some pretty good baseball and those guys have been a big part of it," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.