Cardinals shortstop Ryan has wrist surgery

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Brendan Ryan underwent wrist surgery Tuesday and won’t be cleared to swing a bat for 2-3 weeks, putting his status for Opening Day in some question.
Ryan told MLB.com’s Matthew Leach that he’s “done everything” to alleviate what’s being called “persistent discomfort in his right wrist” for several years and just recently learned that surgery was an option.
As you might expect, the Cardinals aren’t exactly thrilled that Ryan waited until two weeks before spring training to go under the knife. “I’m disappointed that it went this long,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “Obviously you want to go into camp healthy. This is clearly something that, if it was done sooner after the season, it would have made a lot more sense.”
Mozeliak added that the team won’t pursue additional shortstop options and Ryan said that he’s hopeful the surgery will make him a stronger hitter by allowing him to play pain-free for the first time in years. Barring a setback he should have enough time to be ready for Opening Day, but if not the Cardinals figure to use Julio Lugo at shortstop until he returns.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.