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Brendan Ryan Might Return Next Week Once New York Yankees Place Michael Pineda on Disabled List

May 2nd, 2014 at 12:47 PM
By Douglas Rush

The New York Yankees can't officially put Michael Pineda on the 15-day disabled list with the Grade 1 back strain because he's still technically suspended by Major League Baseball for the pine tar incident against the Boston Red Sox last month in Fenway Park.

On Monday, Pineda's suspension is officially over and because he will be out for 3-4 weeks, Pineda will go on the DL and the Yankees will finally be able to add someone to the roster; a roster that only has 24 players on it with Pineda being the 25th one.

One option for the Yankees that could be promoted; more like activated to the big league roster is Brendan Ryan, who has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a back injury. Ryan has been rehabbing his injury down in Class-A Tampa and was recently moved up to Class-AA Trenton this week and could be ready to rejoin the Yankees on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels.

"The Yankees said Thursday Ryan is nearing a return, however. He was assigned to Double-A Trenton and has had about 40 at-bats while rehabbing in Tampa. Girardi has said he wants Ryan to get about 50 ABs before rejoining the big-league club — that's an amount almost equivalent to a full, but rushed, spring training. Unless there's a setback in Ryan's recovery — it's happened before, when Ryan suffered a strained quad that slowed his progress — there's a good chance he rejoins the team when Pineda hits the disabled list, giving the Yankees a full bench and a full roster."
In a rare September trade, the Yankees acquired Ryan from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later on September 10 due to the injuries sustained to Derek Jeter and Eduardo Nunez. If the Yankees had made the postseason last year, Ryan wouldn't have been eligible to play in the postseason because he was acquired after August 31.
In 17 games with the Yankees, Ryan hit .220 with one home run and one RBI and for the season, Ryan hit .197 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 107 games between Seattle and New York. Ryan however, isn't known for being a strong offensive player considering he's a career .237 player, but his value is what he can do with the glove and how strong he can play on defense.
Ryan signed a three-year deal with the Yankees in the off-season and was signed to be bench depth and originally, was envisioned  to be the backup for Derek Jeter and take over for defensive purposes, but the back injury has kept him on the sidelines and allowed Dean Anna the chance to make the team out of spring training.
Getting Ryan back would be a plus to the bench as it would add strong defensive depth to the Yankees roster and give the Yankees the chance to rest Jeter late in games if needed at shortstop.
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