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Thursday, May 10, 2007

LHP Ryan has Tommy John surgery, out for season

Ryan's season-ending injury adds to the struggles the Blue Jays are experiencing.

May 10, 2007

TORONTO (AP) -- Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan will miss the season after having Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Thursday, a major blow to Toronto's hopes.

Ryan, who signed a $47 million, five-year contract before the 2006 season, is expected to ready for spring training next year.

Ryan was 0-2 with three saves and a 12.46 ERA in five games this season. Last year, he was 2-2 with a 1.37 ERA and 38 saves in his first season since leaving Baltimore as a free agent.

Dr. Timothy Kremchek, the Reds' team doctor, performed the ligament surgery in Cincinnati.
Ryan initially felt soreness in March during spring training. After two weeks of rest and rehabilitation, he resumed throwing.

Ryan felt worse after a game April 14 against Detroit. He was placed on the disabled list the next day for the first time in his nine-year career.

Later, Ryan flew to Birmingham, Ala., to see renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed there were no ligament tears in Ryan's left elbow. At the time, Ryan was expected to miss six weeks.

Updated on Thursday, May 10, 2007 3:30 pm EDT

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