Jesse Crain hasn’t pitched since February 25 and had to bail on Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic because of a hip injury, but the White Sox setup man expects to be ready for Opening Day.
Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that Crain threw a bullpen session Wednesday, but then decided against pitching in a minor-league game because “I can tell when I’m ready to throw in a game and as of yesterday I wasn’t.”
Crain repeatedly stressed that his arm feels great, but he’s having problems “pushing through the pitches” because his leg extension is lacking.
The Mets opened up a four-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field on Monday night, the last leg of their 10-game road trip. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who grew up in nearby Wyoming, got his first start in Colorado, so he bought about 75 tickets for friends and family for the series, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.
Batting leadoff, Nimmo fittingly led off the game by hitting an inside-the-park home run, drilling an 0-2 cutter from Tyler Anderson to right-center field. The ball didn’t take the carom that right fielder Carlos Gonzalez expected, so Nimmo circled the bases easily to complete his 11th home run of the season.
The 25-year-old Nimmo has proven to be a spark plug for the underachieving Mets. Entering play Monday, he was batting .274/.402/.565 in 204 plate appearances. Nimmo hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday, helping the Mets overcome the Diamondbacks.