Out since mid-March with a pinched nerve in his upper back, Brendan Ryan took a big step towards his return from the DL this past Sunday when he began his MiL rehab assignment with the High-A Tampa Yankees. Ryan has started at shortstop in each of the last 2 games for Tampa, going 3-8 with 1 BB and 2 RBI. I haven't read any specifics on how many innings he played in the 2 games, but I have to think it would have been reported if it was less than 9.
Ryan missed most of Spring Training, so his rehab assignment will not be as brief as Teix's or D-Rob's were. Joe said he wanted to get Ryan a full compliment of ST plate appearances before calling him up, so 40-50 should do the trick. That would put Ryan on track for another 8-10 rehab games and a return to the Major League roster in about 2 weeks. The Yankees are playing without a true backup shortstop for Derek Jeter right now and they've already had to sit him for a few games to rest a tight quad. Ryan was always meant to be the man for that job, and the sooner he can get back to do it the better.
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