Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan went 2-for-5 on Sunday for the High-A Tampa Yankees in his first rehab game as he works his way back to the majors from a back injury that has kept him out since early March.
Ryan played the entire game against the Lakeland Tigers (Detroit Tigers) and also batted in a run in the T-Yanks' 4-3 victory.
Ryan hasn't played since March 4 due to a pair of back injuries, the most recent a pinched spinal nerve, causing him to miss pretty much the entire spring training camp. Therefore, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters the other day that he would like Ryan to get in at least 50 at-bats during his rehab stint before being called up to the major league squad, so it'll be a couple more weeks before we see him.
The Yankees signed Ryan to a two-year, $5 million contract this past winter to be the backup to Derek Jeter, but the injuries have obviously kept him from playing that role this season.
Dean Anna, who made the club out of spring training, had been the No. 2 shortstop behind Jeter up until he was optioned to Triple-A Scranton on Friday for the Yankees to call up an extra reliever after Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games. So for the time being, Yangervis Solarte is Jeter's backup at short.