Ryan sits with minor neck stiffness

Ryan sits with minor neck stiffness

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Brendan Ryan was not in the Mariners' lineup Tuesday as he dealt with a stiff neck for a second straight day, but the veteran shortstop worked out normally and said he expects to be fine after the team's off-day on Wednesday.

Ryan missed several weeks at the end of the 2011 season with a neck problem, but said this was nothing like that and he just pulled himself out of workouts on Sunday in order to nip the issue in the bud.

"I just slept funny and woke up and it was a little stiff," he said. "I threw a baseball and felt it kind of pinch and thought, 'If I try to man up here, I'm just going to end up out a week or something like that.'

"So I just did the right thing, got off the field and they gave me a little stuff to stop the spasm. But it was nothing crazy. Nothing even close to what it was a couple years ago."

Ryan said he took part in all the baserunning and hitting work on Tuesday, but Brad Miller got the start in the evening game against the Giants. Robert Andino played shortstop the two previous games.

Ryan is off to a nice start this spring, batting .375 (9-for-24) in nine Cactus League games.

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