After last night's win over the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan voiced some concern that he might not be ready enough to take the filed for the Yankees on Opening Day.
Ryan was scratched from last night's lineup because of back spasms after making the two an a half hour trip down from Tampa. The Yankees said it had nothing to do with the oblique injury that sidelined him for more than two weeks. Last night was suppose to be his first time in the lineup in 16 games, but now it appears as if that games missed streak will get even long with the regular season right around the corner.
Ryan told reporters last night that everything was fine through batting practice, but once he began to throw, that's when the issue popped up.
“It just tightened up,” Ryan said. “So I figured I better just stop right now before it gets worse. It’s frustrating.”
Ryan said he’s been through something like this before, and he expects it to last only a day or two before everything loosens and he’s ready to play again, but Joe Girardi said he doesn’t expect Ryan to play this weekend.
“He hasn’t played much, that’s the problem,” Girardi said. “He would have to play some next week and it might have to be in some minor-league games just to get him some at-bats. … I think you have to be (worried about Opening Day), just because of where we are right now.”
Ryan is slated to be Derek Jeter's main backup this season, but if he can't make it, Girardi told reporters that two from the group of Eduardo Nunez, Dean Anna, Yangervis Solarte and Scott Sizemore. Of the four, only Sizemore down't play shortstop, and Anna and Nunez might have the upper-hand because they are on the 40-man roster.