Brendan Ryan’s back feels better, but won’t make Opening Day roster

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Brendan Ryan had a cortisone shot in his back on Saturday and was able to sleep throughout the night for the first time in a while. However, he still feels the pinched nerve in his back and he told the media he won’t play at all this week. That almost guarantees he won’t make the Opening Day roster since the season begins next Tuesday.

“I don’t even think they’ll let me if I wanted to,” Ryan told The Star-Ledger of playing this week.

Instead, the Yankees will have to initiate one more competition; finding a backup shortstop for a backup shortstop. The candidates are Yangervis Solarte, Eduardo Nunez and Dean Anna. Solarte had the best Spring, hitting .471 in 19 at-bats, but Anna and Nunez are both on the 40-man roster. There’s also worth mentioning Eduardo Nunez has one more option to the minor leagues, so if the Yankees choose Solarte and Anna, they wouldn’t have to give up Nunez.

Some Notes

— Carlos Beltran left a note on the Yankees whiteboard earlier this morning. Courtesy of LoHud Yankees, the note read:

My Teammates:

I want to invite you to a get together that I will be hosting this Sunday, March 23rd, at 5:00PM at the Yankee Pavilion for our minor league players.

We all know how much time, effort and sacrifice it took to achieve our dreams while playing through the minor league system, and how this continues even today.

I know it will extremely special for them to share some time with us and learn about our experiences as we motivate them and encourage them to keep working hard to achieve their ultimate goal.

I hope you come and have a good time with us.

Carlos Beltran

This is probably the first time someone had done something like this for all the minor leaguers (sure, Alex Rodriguez did it last year but it was only for the players in extended Spring Training and rookie ball). Beltran has become a leader in the Yankees clubhouse since entering last month and he’s embracing it by encouraging the young talent in the organization.

— Preston Claiborne, Cesar Cabral and Dellin Betances will pitch in today’s game after pitching at the minor league complex yesterday. By the way, the pitchers had a near perfect game in yesterday’s minor league game before it was lost in the ninth inning–and David Phelps heard about it. He congratulated Claiborne and Shawn Kelley (who also pitched in the game) with a high five.

— Jacoby Ellsbury will take batting practice this morning. He’s still on track to play on Tuesday.

— David Robertson and CC Sabathia both threw bullpens this morning.

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3 Responses to Brendan Ryan’s back feels better, but won’t make Opening Day roster

  1. roy says:

    That is very cool. My impression of Carlos Beltran continues to grow. That he can be so comfortable as a new senior ballplayer to lead this way makes him so much more valuable to the Yankees.

  2. roy says:

    Just a random thought on the size of the active roster. Apropos of nothing. The roster needs to expand from 25 to 26 or 27. Teams have expanded their pitching staff from 10 to 12 over the last 20 years as pitching becomes more specialized and as starters have pitch counts. Managers may also want to have two non-closer lefties in the bullpen (one situational LOOGY and a second high leverage late inning guy). Watching the Yankees over the last few years, I have seen a lot of 7th and 8th inning guys get overused. I am thinking of Scott Proctor and Boone Logan.

    On top of the 12 or 13pitchers, teams need 8 starting position players, an extra catcher, extra middle infielder, extra corner infielder, defensive outfielder, home run gorillas lefty and righty to serve as DH/PH.

  3. Rrbrgndy7 says:

    I couldn't agree more with Roy. Carlos is certainly the kind of new (if veteran) blood the Bombers need; that sort of character, along with that of McCann's command of the pitching staff and Ellsbury's honoring of his Native American heritage leaves all true Yankee fans with a good feeling about the direction this team will take this season and in those to come.