The Yankees announced on Tuesday that they have activated infielder Brendan Ryan off the disabled list, as expected. With Michael Pineda's suspension finally over, they were also able to place him on the 15-day disabled list.
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.
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 following Pineda's 10-game suspension for the Yankees to call up an extra reliever with the roster having to be cut to 24.
Ryan played in seven minor league rehab games with the Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder, going 8-for-25 with four runs, two RBIs and five walks.
Pineda hurt himself while throwing a simulated game down in Tampa last week. The Yankees are calling his injury a “right shoulder muscle injury." The problem is really in his right teres major muscle, which is just below the shoulder.
Pineda told ESPN's Andrew Marchand that he'll begin a throwing program on Friday, so that's good news. He's still expected to miss about 3-4 weeks, but Clayton Kershaw suffered the same injury in Australia, and he's making his return to the mound tonight in Washington, so we're hoping for the best.
For the time being, David Phelps will be taking his stop in the rotation. Phelps made his first start of the season last night against the Los Angeles Angels, and looked pretty good. He held them to just one run on three hits in 5.1 innings, but the Yankees couldn't back him up, as they lost the game, 4-1.