NEW YORK -- Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan was hit in the left elbow by a pitch by Hiroki Kuroda in the seventh inning of Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium and had to be replaced by backup Munenori Kawasaki. X-rays revealed no fractures.
Ryan said his elbow was extremely sore, however, and he doubts he'll be able to play in Sunday's series finale. The 29-year-old infielder was 0-for-1 with a walk to that point in the game, which the Mariners won, 1-0, on a two-hit gem by Felix Hernandez.
The Mariners hit four Yankees batters in their previous series in Seattle two weeks ago, including three by Hernandez. One of those pitches broke the hand of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, though Hernandez insisted he was merely struggling with his control that day.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge said he didn't think there was any connection between the two incidents, but Ryan wasn't so sure after the 93-mph fastball clipped him with an open base at first following Eric Thames' one-out double.
"I'm not saying there was intent or anything," Ryan said. "If you're throwing soft stuff out over the plate, you've got to back guys off. Whether that one got away from him, I don't know. It seemed like it just kind of chased me. I couldn't really get out of the way.
"I could have worn one the at-bat before that, too. There's definitely better places to get hit. Hopefully that kind of settled things, because I know we were kind of owed at least one. Obviously, none of our guys were trying to, but there comes to a point where it doesn't really matter. It's Major League Baseball, and you've got to be able to control your stuff.
"Purpose or not, it doesn't really matter. I guess we're even. Or maybe we have a couple more to go. Hopefully not. Hopefully this was good enough."
Kuroda was taken out after that pitch, his 103rd of the game.
"It was a two-seam that went in," Kuroda said simply.
Ryan is hitting .204 on the season, but is regarded as one of the top defensive shortstops in the American League. He said he broke his elbow in high school when he was hit in the same spot, so he was glad that wasn't the outcome this time.
"But it's not going to feel very good today or tomorrow," Ryan said. "Hopefully, it'll be OK [when the Mariners play the Orioles on Monday]. We'll have to see how it goes."