During today’s game, Brendan Ryan went to make a play on a ball up the middle which resulted in him hurting his right calf. He was able to limp off the field, but he had to be helped down the dugout stairs and into the clubhouse. The Yankees later diagnosed Ryan with a strained right calf and are currently sending him for an MRI.
So now it’s time to play “I’m not a doctor, but let’s diagnose [insert player here] anyway”: I’ve seen video of this particular situation–it actually happened to Mark Teixeira and Francisco Cervelli in the past. On a Grade 1 calf strain, the player can get himself off the field and into the clubhouse on his own will.With a Grade 2 calf strain, they need to be helped off the field and dugout by trainers/other players. Both Teixeira and Cervelli were diagnosed with Grade 2 calf strains, so it’s safe to assume Ryan will be diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain. A Grade 3 strain is possible but judging from the injury, it didn’t appear to be Grade 3 serious.
Back to the matter at hand, the Yankees are now looking at alternatives since it’s likely Ryan won’t make the Opening Day roster. The Yankees could either call up Nick Noonan or Rob Refsnyder, although Noonan seems like the logical choice. The Yankees want Refsnyder to work on his defense in Triple-A and with Jose Pirela also on the shelf, Noonan would get the job via process of elimination. Refsnyder did say the Yankees were going to test Stephen Drew at shortstop tomorrow during a split-squad game, although Joe Girardi has yet to confirm.
It’s a shame Ryan had to get hurt. No team wants injuries to any of their players a few days before the season begins. It’s just devastating.
— The Yankees have officially announced their fifth starter and to no one’s surprise, Adam Warren will take the mound every fifth day for the Yankees. It was almost a given when the Yankees placed Esmil Rogers in the pen but Girardi wasn’t going to announce the fifth starter until he had a chance to speak with Warren.
— Alex Rodriguez is going to play first base at George M. Steinbrenner Field tomorrow afternoon.