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Brendan Ryan expected to be activated Tuesday

May 5, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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Brendan Ryan was forced to begin the season on the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his back, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger this evening that the plan calls for him to be activated tomorrow. The 32-year-old is expected to take the roster spot of right-hander Michael Pineda, who will be placed on the disabled list with a teres major muscle strain now that his 10-game suspension is over.

Progress for Ryan was slow, but he began a minor league rehab assignment last weekend and hit .320 (8-for-25) with two RBI and a 4/5 K/BB ratio over seven games between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Of course, anything the Yankees get out of him offensively will be considered a bonus, as the .237 hitter is a glove-first player in every sense of the term.

Ryan’s return could present an interesting scenario for the Yankees, as Derek Jeter has struggled both offensively and defensively in the early going. It’s a lot to ask Jeter to be a regular shortstop at this stage of his career, so Ryan figures to play more than the average backup at the very least.

  1. mikhelb - May 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    If the yankees keep using extreme defensive shifts I doubt Ryan could help them when batters decide to bunt against the shift or hit the ball against the shift.

    Tonight, they extreme shifted defensively when Ian Stewart was batting with two outs in the bottom of the first… Ian bats an otherworldy 0.204 AVG.

    • protectthishouse54 - May 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I’m usually in favor of the shifts, but they put 3 infielders on the left side last night for Pujols. Phelps pitches low and away (against – not into – the shift) as if Albert Pujols can’t steer the ball through the mile-wide hole at second base. That’s just dumb.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        Have you seen Albert’s spray chart for 2014? As of a few days ago, he had hit exactly zero ground balls to the right side. If Albert is going to keep trying to pull pitches that are low and outside, I think the fielders are in the perfect spot.

  2. Nicholas Tarnowsky - May 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    New metrics will start the show that defenses ate getting hurt more by the shift. A crazy amount of potential double play balls aren’t being turned by 2Bs cause of shifts. Yankees now the team that shifts the most behind Houston

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 6, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    This should solve the Yankees’ inability to score runs.

  4. denny65 - May 7, 2014 at 3:47 AM

    Yeah but Ryan does a spot-on Johnny Carson, so there’s that.

    Jester? I hear he does Jeter, and that’s about it.

  5. anxovies - May 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Can’t wait for Brendan to spell Jeter and start hitting over .300 (you know it has to happen).

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