Ryan may return from bruised elbow on Monday

Ryan may return from bruised elbow on Monday

Ryan may return from bruised elbow on Monday
NEW YORK -- Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan was out of the starting lineup on Sunday after taking a Hiroki Kuroda fastball off his left elbow in the seventh inning of Saturday's 1-0 win over the Yankees.

X-rays showed no broken bones, but Ryan couldn't bend the elbow at all on Sunday morning and expected to spend the day in the training room in the hope of returning by Monday night's series opener at Baltimore.

"It's about the same as yesterday, really," Ryan said on Sunday. "I thought it might be a little bit better. I guess the pain is down a little. If I'm sitting still, it doesn't really hurt. But I can't bend it much."

How soon might Ryan return?

"I'm hoping [Monday]," Ryan said. "I just don't think it's that realistic. There's too much swelling. I'm going to have to get some range of motion first. That might be a couple days away."

Manager Eric Wedge, playing with a short bench on Sunday, hopes the process can be speeded up.

"We're going to keep Ryan in the training room, try to keep that thing loosened up and see where we go from there," said Wedge. "We're taking it day by day. I'm hoping he's ready [Monday]. I'd like to have him available today, being a little thin."

Ryan said that in the future, he'll consider wearing an elbow guard, something he hasn't done since he broke the same elbow when getting hit with a pitch in high school.

Ryan is batting .204 for the season but has hit .274 with 15 RBIs over his last 40 games and continues playing some of the best defense in the American League, having made only three errors in 94 games.