Thursday afternoon tidbits: Ryan pushed back
A few notes before I shut down and take another weekend off. Resting up at home for the next four days, then back on for the series in Pittsburgh.
* Brendan Ryan was initially slated to begin a rehab assignment at Class A Quad Cities on Friday. However, he’s not quite fully recovered from a left hamstring strain, so they’re going to hold off a little bit.
“It’s crazy to send him out there to play under control because it won’t happen,” manager Tony La Russa said.
Ryan didn’t seem particularly discouraged. He rated himself at about 90 percent, and the expectation is that he’ll be good to go on a rehab on Monday or Tuesday. If it’s Tuesday, he’d likely go to Memphis, which begins a homestand on Tuesday.
“We’re just going off how I feel,” Ryan said. “I’m not at 100 percent yet. I’m about 90 percent, so there’s no reason to rush anything. We were under the assumption that that was going to work out and that was going to be the deal. But once I ran the bases, the field was a little bit wet, and you’ve got to be ready for anything. I just said I can’t go.”
* Albert Pujols was definitely sore after being hit in the left side of his back by a Ross Ohlendorf pitch, but said he didn’t expect to miss any time.
* Today was simply a day off for Yadier Molina. No injury or anything.
* I’m still sorting out what I and we know and what I think about Manny Ramirez, so if I weigh in, it’ll be at a later time/date.
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