By La Velle
Twins reliever Jesse Crain, pitching in a minor league spring training game in Thursday, suffered a bruised right knee after being struck by a line drive
Crain was pitching in the first inning when Guillermo Quiroz, a catcher in the Orioles organization, sent a liner up the middle. Crain was able to recover and throw Quiroz out at first base. He was in pain, but walked off the field on his own before getting a ride back to the Twins clubhouse on a golf cart.
Twins team physician Dr. Dan Buss examined Crain and determined that no X-Rays were needed.
“I plan on throwing Sunday unless Andy (pitching coach Rick Anderson) or the doctors say something,” Crain said.
The injury occurred during a game on a back field at the Lee County Sports Complex while the major league team traveled to Ft. Lauderdale to face Baltimore on Thursday. Teams routinely send major leaguers to minor league games to get work in during spring training.