Ryan begins rehab assignment in Tampa

Shortstop working way back from strain in right calf

Ryan begins rehab assignment in Tampa

OAKLAND -- Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan, who has been sidelined since Spring Training with a right calf strain and subsequent setbacks, started a Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Sunday with Class A Tampa.

Ryan lined a double in his first at-bat for the Yankees' Florida State League affiliate. Ryan sustained a Grade 2 strain of his calf while fielding a ball in an April 1 spring game at George M. Steinbrenner Field, and is currently on the 60-day disabled list.

"Obviously, he's got to get some at-bats, because he really hasn't had a Spring Training," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's going to need some at-bats, be able to play a couple days in row, lengthy games, because you never know when you'll be pressed into action for three or four days."

Coming into the season, the 33-year-old Ryan was envisioned as the primary backup for shortstop Didi Gregorius. A slick fielder, Ryan batted .167 (19-for-114) with no homers and eight RBIs in 49 games for New York last season.

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