Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters before tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at GMS Field in Tampa that MRI results on Brendan Ryan's back returned showing a pinched nerve. He's going to get a cortisone shot in his back, and it looks very likely that he'll start the season on the disabled list.
Ryan has missed the past been out of the lineup for more than a couple of weeks because of an oblique injury, and he was suppose to return to the lineup last night, but this this back problem popped up while he was throwing before the game.
Ryan was suppose to be one of the Yankees' main backup infielders this season, spelling Derek Jeter often at shortstop, but now with him likely being out to start the season, it seems like two from the group of Eduardo Nunez, Dean Anna, Yangervis Solarte and Scott Sizemore will make the club out of spring. Anna and Nunez might have the best chances because they are already on the 40-man roster, unlike Solarte and Sizemore.