Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan made his spring debut Saturday against the Mets, batting second in the lineup and finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored. He underwent a minor wrist procedure in early February and was limited to drills for the first few weeks of spring training. Now healthy, he’s hoping to fit in about 50 at-bats to get warmed up for the start of the regular season. Ryan, 27, was a pleasant surprise for the Cards last year, hitting .292/.340/.400 and flashing one of the league’s strongest gloves at short.
Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.
Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.