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February 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Brendan Ryan will DH when Mariners intra-squad games begin on Friday

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There isn’t reason to be concerned just yet, but shortstop Brendan Ryan has yet to make any throws during Mariners’ drills and won’t do so until at least next week. Ryan did begin a throwing program today under the supervision of M’s head trainer Rick Griffin. He threw for abut five minutes from a distance of 60 feet.
“I’ll probably do that about three or four more days and then we’ll go from there,” Ryan told me. “But I’m able to do everything else.”
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Ryan reported to camp “a little bit behind” when it came to his upper back, neck and shoulder. You’ll remember he had myriad problems with that area in the second half of last season, with one injury later spreading to other parts of that body region when he threw.
Ryan took it slow this off-season to let the injury heal. But it’s still not to the point where the team wants to risk anything.


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“The most important thing now is to get him healthy,” Mariners infield coach Robby Thompson said after today’s workouts. “He’s able to do everything else, so we can afford to wait a bit.”
It would be different, he added, if Ryan wasn’t able to hit or work on fielding and positioning.
So, the Mariners are waiting and watching his progress when he throws.
Good thing his Japanese teammate — Munenori Kawasaki — has played a ton of shortstop before. So far, he’s looked impressive and the team could actually need to use him a whole lot in the early going down here.
As for the regular season, like I said, far too early to panic. Just file this one away in the back of your mind for future reference.

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