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Cardinals shortstop Ryan has wrist surgery

Feb 11, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

Brendan Ryan underwent wrist surgery Tuesday and won’t be cleared to swing a bat for 2-3 weeks, putting his status for Opening Day in some question.
Ryan told’s Matthew Leach that he’s “done everything” to alleviate what’s being called “persistent discomfort in his right wrist” for several years and just recently learned that surgery was an option.
As you might expect, the Cardinals aren’t exactly thrilled that Ryan waited until two weeks before spring training to go under the knife. “I’m disappointed that it went this long,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “Obviously you want to go into camp healthy. This is clearly something that, if it was done sooner after the season, it would have made a lot more sense.”
Mozeliak added that the team won’t pursue additional shortstop options and Ryan said that he’s hopeful the surgery will make him a stronger hitter by allowing him to play pain-free for the first time in years. Barring a setback he should have enough time to be ready for Opening Day, but if not the Cardinals figure to use Julio Lugo at shortstop until he returns.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 11, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    If you need surgery and postpone it, you’re a fool. If surgery is an option and you haven’t done your homework and found out about it, you’re a fool. I’m not knocking Ryan as a player, but I think we know his mental capabilities now.

  2. Jonny5 - Feb 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Don’t the Cardinals have their own medical staff which knew about this? didn’t they lay out all his options and give him advice??? Who’s fault is this really?

  3. salvo - Feb 11, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    I love Brendan Ryan, one of the great goofs in baseball.
    This just makes him a little goofier, I guess.
    It does make you wonder about level of communication between the players and the medical staff; this is the second straight year a Cardinals’ starting infielder has had a surprising surgery a couple weeks before the start of spring training for a condition that was present at the end of the previous season.

  4. cliff - Feb 11, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    I guess because they are not the Mets that there is no point in slamming the Cardinals for expressing displeasure with their ballplayer’s medical decisions.

  5. Mason - Feb 11, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Question is – will the mustache be ready for Opening Day?

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