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Brendan Ryan leaves game after leg injury


Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan leaves the game in the fifth inning after coming up short on a high chopper up the middle of the infield. Ryan tried bare-handing the ball but was unable to make the play.

Immediately after he grabbed his calf and Joe Girardi and Steve Donohue came running out to aide him. They had to help him off the field and carried him down the dugout steps. After being examined it was determined to be a right calf strain.

This is Ryan’s second injury of the spring and all but guarantees he will miss Opening Day, which is only five days away. It is a tough break for a good guy who was going to be the Yankees backup infielder.

Now the door is open for Nick Noonan who appears to be next in line to take Ryan’s spot. Noonan may be the Yankees starting shortstop on Opening Day if Didi Gregorius cannot make it with a wrist injury. Noonan has hit .250 with five RBIs this spring.

Shortstop has been a tough position for the Yankees with both Ryan and Gregorius’ injured. Gregorius is going to try to play in tomorrow’s spring training game and hopes to be ready for Opening Day.