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Crain expects to be ready for Opening Day

Crain expects to be ready for Opening Day

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Despite not pitching since Feb. 25 against the Giants -- his only Cactus League appearance -- due to a right adductor strain, reliever Jesse Crain is not worried about being ready to break camp with the White Sox in two weeks.

"It's getting closer, but I know what I need to do to get ready," Crain said. "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."

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Crain threw a bullpen session on Wednesday with the intent that if he felt good enough, he would appear in a Minor League game that same day. It was a positive session, but the veteran wasn't ready to push the injury.

He hopes to feel good enough for another bullpen session on Friday.

"I can tell when I'm ready to throw in a game and as of yesterday I wasn't," Crain said. "But it's still taking a step forward, so hopefully I'll be even another step forward and be ready to go. I'm not worried about it."

The biggest problem for Crain is "pushing through the pitches" to get his leg extension.

"Not my arm or anything," Crain said. "It's just my leg when I get all the way out there."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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