Jesse Crain could be days away from his first appearance with the Rays

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The Rays acquired Jesse Crain from the White Sox on July 29, but he has yet to make an appearance for the club due to a right shoulder strain. That could change very soon.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Crain threw 30 pitches today in his first session against hitters in over two months. If his shoulder feels good tomorrow, it’s possible he’ll make his Rays debut within the next couple of days.

Crain, 32, had a 0.74 ERA and 46/11 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings prior to the injury. He acknowledged today that he’s closer to 90 percent than 100 percent, but still thinks he can be effective.

Dominic Smith dealing with a strained right quad

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Mets first baseman Dominic Smith is dealing with a strained right quad and is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.

Smith, 22, did not play in the Mets’ first Grapefruit League game after showing up late. He played on Saturday, scoring two runs on a single and a hit-by-pitch in two plate appearances. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup.

The Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez during the offseason, which makes him the front runner for the starting job at first base. Smith needs to have a strong spring showing to make the 25-man roster but so far, it hasn’t gone well.

Smith made his major league debut in August last year and ended up playing in 49 games. He struggled to a .198/.262/.395 slash line with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 183 plate appearances.