TEMPE, Ariz. -- While Jesse Crain has pitched in only one game this spring, he remains confident he'll be ready for Opening Day in 18 days.
"Hoping to feel good tomorrow for another bullpen [session], so I'm not worried about it,'' Crain said Thursday morning, a day after he threw a side session at Camelback Ranch. "It's getting closer but I know what I need to do to get ready. Bullpen wise my arm feels great and my pitches feel great it's just being able to extend and be game ready and hopefully I'll be that in the next couple days.''
Crain is sore in the right groin area, specifically an adductor strain. He was supposed to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic but was scratched because of it. He still can't get full extension with his left leg without discomfort.
"I can tell when I'm ready to throw in a game, and as of yesterday I wasn't. But it's still taking a step forward so hopefully I'll be even another step forward and be ready to go.''