Ryan hopes to return on Monday

Ryan hopes to return on Monday

Ryan hopes to return on Monday
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan was sidelined for a fourth straight day on Sunday, as the club continued being cautious with a tender quadriceps muscle in his right leg.

"Knowing my personality, they kind of put the shackles on me, which is probably a smart play," said the ultra-hyper Ryan. "We're doing stuff in the pool and I'm getting a lot out of it. I haven't felt any [soreness] in a couple days."

Ryan said he could have played on Sunday, but the cold, wet weather made it an easy decision for trainers to keep him sidelined another day. Manager Eric Wedge indicated the 29-year-old should be back in the lineup on Monday when the Mariners host the Cubs.

Ryan was taken out of Wednesday's game against the Royals, when he came up gimpy after trying to run back to first after getting caught running on a one-out line drive to the outfield and getting doubled off. He said the muscle had already been bothering him, but tightened further when he tried turning on the gas to get out of his baserunning mistake.

"Mental airball," Ryan said. "I'd hit a ground ball and thought, 'Oh, double play.' Then I was safe at first, and I never acclimated to what actually happened. I can't remember the last time that happened."

Ryan said he'd just been sounding off in the dugout about players getting doubled off on a line drive.

"And as soon as I opened my mouth, not 10 minutes later, I went out and did that," Ryan said. "That won't happen again."