Jays not worried about Ryan's progress
Toronto unsure if closer will take ball Thursday vs. Yankees
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Blue Jays aren't getting worked up over the fact that B.J. Ryan felt some soreness in his left arm after his last outing. Any concerns the club might've had were eased some on Tuesday, when the closer went through his normal throwing program with no issues.
Even so, neither Blue Jays manager John Gibbons nor bullpen coach Bruce Walton, who were at City of Palms Park on Wednesday, knew whether or not Ryan would pitch as scheduled in Thursday's game against the Yankees. It's possible that Ryan could take an extra day off and make his next game appearance on Friday.
"I couldn't tell you that right now," said Gibbons, when asked when Ryan was scheduled to pitch again.
On Monday, Ryan made his second Grapefruit League appearance of the spring, using 17 pitches to complete one shutout inning against the Pirates in Bradenton, Fla. After the brief outing, Ryan said he experienced some minor discomfort that felt different than normal arm fatigue.
Ryan, who is making his way back from the ligament replacement surgery he had performed on his left elbow in May, indicated that Toronto's training staff didn't believe the soreness was anything out of the ordinary, though. Walton said that Ryan threw on flat ground and did his typical long-toss session at Knology Park in Dunedin, Fla., on Tuesday.
"We did a regular routine at the complex and he felt normal," Walton said on Wednesday. "There was nothing different yesterday than it's been all Spring Training. Obviously, you're going to have stiffness, no matter who you are."
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.