by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Mariners manager Eric Wedge wanted to make it clear that he did not bench shortstop Brendan Ryan, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
"Regardless of what has been written, I didn’t bench (Ryan)," Wedge said. "I said Andino is going to play more and we’re going to take it day to day, week to week and month to month and see what happens."
Ryan has started the last two games after Robert Andino saw two starts at short. It looks like they'll be rotated as the position continues to be evaluated. Ryan is batting .148 over 61 at-bats with three RBI and 15 strikeouts. Andino has seen 40 at-bats and is hitting .200 with two RBI and 14 Ks.
"I’m going to take it day-by-day, week-by-week and month-by-month, quite frankly," Wedge said, per MLB.com. "I’m going to give Robert a chance to play and see where he takes it. I like what I saw with his work and his approach this spring. I don’t feel it’s been as good in-season, but it’s been a little better here the last week in the cage. It’s an opportunity for Andino to go out and take it."
Wedge said he's open to Ryan reclaiming the starting job, but he's needs to show a permanent improvement in his hitting approach. Ryan is batting .143 in 2013 and is a career .241 hitter.
"We stuck with him last year because we felt we’d give him every opportunity," Wedge said. "And quite frankly, we had an opportunity to give him every opportunity, if that makes any sense. But you can’t expect change by doing the same thing every day. You have to change your habits and the way you go about doing things. It’s as simple as that. We’re going to give him a chance to work with [hitting coach] Dave Hansen and take a step back, hopefully to take two steps forward. It’s up to him."
Brendan Ryan loses starting shortstop gig
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Mariners manager Eric Wedge made the announcement Wednesday longtime starting shortstop Brendan Ryan has been replaced in the starting lineup by Robert Andino.
Ryan, who has been the team's starting shortstop since 2011, is batting .143 (8 for 56) with two RBI in 20 games. He's also committed two errors.
Brendan Ryan gets a day off
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/19/2013) Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan was not in the starting lineup for Friday's series opener against the Rangers.
Ryan, who has two hits in his last 28 at-bats, was replaced at shortstop by Robert Adino.
"He should be our best bunter," manager Eric Wedge told MLB.com. "He's got to get the bunt down. We just need him to turn the corner. We've talked about it before. He gets in his own way too much. He has to get beyond that somehow."
Nothing to see with Brendan Ryan
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) I was scrolling through the most-viewed page Sunday morning, and to my surprise I saw Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan on the list. Obviously, to my intrigue I had to dig a little deeper.
What I discovered is Ryan entered play Sunday as the 11th-highest scoring Fantasy shortstop (Head-to-Head formats) ahead of the likes of Jimmy Rollins, J.J. Hardy, Andrelton Simmons, Jhonny Peralta, Asdrubal Cabrera and Starlin Castro.
Hopefully, Fantasy owners took a look at Ryan's career numbers and realized this is a trend that won't last. Although he has managed a good batting average through the first week, Ryan remains a weak link in the Mariners' lineup and should be left for AL-only formats.
Brendan Ryan using all fields
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan said Monday that he'll begin this season with an old approach to hitting that he hopes will make a difference, reports MLB.com.
Ryan, who hit just .194 last year, hit .292 in 2009 for the Cardinals and believes he can contribute more to the Mariners this year.
He hit .261 over the spring and believes he's figured out the issue with his approach at the plate that will put him back on the positive side of things.
"I feel pretty good," Ryan said. "I'm getting back to an approach I've had success with, using the whole field, not just in games but with all the practice swings before games and in the cages. That's something that's familiar to me and what has helped me get up to the big leagues and have some success offensively in the show."
Brendan Ryan dealing with stiff neck
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/19/2013) Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan was out of the lineup for the second-straight day for Tuesday's Cactus League contest against the Giants due to a stiff neck, according to MLB.com. But the 30-year-old was able to work out as usual and is expected to be fine.
"I just slept funny and woke up and it was a little stiff," he said. "I threw a baseball and felt it kind of pinch and thought, 'If I try to man up here, I'm just going to end up out a week or something like that.'"
Ryan, projected as the starter for Seattle, is batting .375 (9 for 24) this spring with a homer and three RBI.
Ryan homers in spring debut
(2/25/2013) Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan made his Cactus League debut Monday against the Angels after missing the first few games coming off elbow surgery. He homered in his first at-bat and finished 1 for 2 in the 9-8 win. Ryan launched a solo shot off Chad Cordero in the third inning. "I'd be happy with hard contact on a consistent basis from Brendan," manager Eric Wedge told MLB.com. "But it's good to see him get off to a good start. You just have to make sure he continues to work and understand what he needs to do to give himself the best chance up there over a period of time. His [batting practice] has been better, and it's nice to see him get some results here early."
Ryan to sit first three games
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (2/22/2013) Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan, who underwent offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, will be held out of the team's first three Cactus League games this weekend.
Ryan, Mariners agree to deal
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (1/18/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported on Friday that shortstop Brendan Ryan has agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the mariners, avoiding arbitration.