Ryan expects to return Friday after injuring elbow

Ryan expects to return Friday after injuring elbow

BALTIMORE -- Brendan Ryan missed his fourth straight game on Wednesday since having his left elbow bruised by a Hideki Kuroda fastball, but the Mariners figure to have their starting shortstop back when the team opens its next series in Anaheim.

"I fully expect Ryno to be back on Friday," manager Eric Wedge said prior to Wednesday's series finale against the Orioles. "He's doing more. He took some ground balls yesterday and we'll see how he feels today. He just has a lot of inflammation and swelling."

Ryan, 30, did some running and fielding before Wednesday's game, but can't bend the elbow enough to swing a bat.

"It's better every day, more range of motion," Ryan said. "It's just not [healing] as quickly as we thought. There' still a lot of fluid in there. It's not that I can't tolerate it, it's just that I bend my arm to a certain point and it's like hitting a wall. I can't go past a certain point.

"So I can't put the team at risk or just go up there and be an automatic out, like I felt the whole entire first half. I think they'd catch the drift if I was bunting with two strikes."

With an off-day to travel on Thursday to Anaheim, Ryan figures the extra time should help as he continues treatment.