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.
Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.
Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.