Crain injury not deemed serious
No X-rays necessary after right-hander struck on right knee
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Jesse Crain, who suffered a bruised right knee when he was struck by a line drive on Thursday, was re-examined by team doctors on Friday morning and it was determined that there still was no need for X-rays."They told me right now they don't think it's any kind of a fracture or anything," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He should be fine in a couple of days." Crain was wearing a wrap around the knee and said he was a little sore, but he was walking without any problems. In other injury news, Scott Baker (strained lat muscle) was able to long toss for the second straight day without any pain. Gardenhire said that the plan now is to have Baker throw a light bullpen session either on Saturday or Sunday. The club is still anticipating that the right-hander will make a start in a Minor League game sometime in the middle of next week. The Twins also were without pitching coach Rick Anderson and left-hander Carmen Cali on Friday as each came down with a case of the flu. Both Anderson and Cali were on the club's bus trip to Fort Lauderdale to play the Orioles on Thursday. Minor League pitching coordinator Rick Knapp took Anderson's place for Friday's game.
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