Backup infielder Ryan sidelined with mid-back strain

Injury sustained in weight room to keep veteran out about five days

Backup infielder Ryan sidelined with mid-back strain

TAMPA, Fla. -- The exasperating part for Brendan Ryan, as he discussed the mid-back strain that will keep him off the field for about five days, is that he was injured while doing an exercise that was really just for show.

Ryan said that he sustained the strain while performing 45-pound bicep curls in advance of camp. He mentioned the lingering soreness during his physical exam this week, and a precautionary MRI ordered by Dr. Daniel Murphy on Thursday revealed the strain.

"Of all the things, I'm doing bicep curls. How does that happen?" Ryan said. "I don't know. I know that I never sit down when I do them, and it's an eye-wash exercise anyway. Nonetheless, I sat down to do it, and there we go. Kind of deja vu, it seems like, but not nearly what last year was."

Ryan was sidelined for most of last spring with a bulging disc in his neck. The slick-fielding infielder, who will turn 33 on March 26, played in 49 games for the Yankees last season, hitting .167 with no home runs.

"I feel immune to nothing," Ryan said. "The weight room just doesn't seem to work out for me. I don't know what I'm doing in there in the first place, you know? What am I going to go, from hitting two homers to four?"

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.