08/05/12 1:10 PM ET
Ryan may return from bruised elbow on Monday
By Greg Johns / MLB.com
X-rays showed no broken bones, but Ryan couldn't bend the elbow at all on Sunday morning and expected to spend the day in the training room in the hope of returning by Monday night's series opener at Baltimore.
"It's about the same as yesterday, really," Ryan said on Sunday. "I thought it might be a little bit better. I guess the pain is down a little. If I'm sitting still, it doesn't really hurt. But I can't bend it much."
How soon might Ryan return?
"I'm hoping [Monday]," Ryan said. "I just don't think it's that realistic. There's too much swelling. I'm going to have to get some range of motion first. That might be a couple days away."
Manager Eric Wedge, playing with a short bench on Sunday, hopes the process can be speeded up.
"We're going to keep Ryan in the training room, try to keep that thing loosened up and see where we go from there," said Wedge. "We're taking it day by day. I'm hoping he's ready [Monday]. I'd like to have him available today, being a little thin."
Ryan said that in the future, he'll consider wearing an elbow guard, something he hasn't done since he broke the same elbow when getting hit with a pitch in high school.
Ryan is batting .204 for the season but has hit .274 with 15 RBIs over his last 40 games and continues playing some of the best defense in the American League, having made only three errors in 94 games.
Felix's Bronx gem ranks among the best
NEW YORK -- How good was Felix Hernandez on Saturday when he dominated the Yankees in the Mariners' 1-0 victory?
Hernandez became just the third pitcher since 1930 with two shutouts in which he allowed two hits or fewer at Yankee Stadium, joining Baltimore's Jim Palmer and Detroit's Billy Hoeft.
Hernandez's two shutouts at the new Yankee Stadium equal the number that Yankees pitchers themselves have thrown since the park opened in 2009. The right-hander threw the first 1-0 shutout by a visiting pitcher at Yankee Stadium since Cleveland's Greg Swindell on Sept. 6, 1988.
Hernandez now has nine starts this season of at least eight innings with one or no runs allowed. The next closest in the Majors are A's righty Bartolo Colon and Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey with five. In his past 10 games, "The King" has shut out the Red Sox, Rangers and Yankees while going 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 14 walks in 76 1/3 innings.
"When you have the talent he has and the intangibles to go along with it, you're going to have stretches like that," said manager Eric Wedge. "That's what he's right in the middle of."
The Yankees certainly aren't used to being treated that way on their home turf. It was just the ninth time in the live-ball era (since 1918) that the Yankees have lost 1-0 at home with two or fewer hits, and just the second time in the past 50 years. The last occurrence was when Palmer pulled the feat with a two-hit shutout on June 1, 1978.
It was only the 10th time the Bombers have been shut out at the new Yankee Stadium and the second time by a 1-0 count.
Carp away from Mariners for birth of daughter
NEW YORK -- Mariners first baseman Mike Carp flew to California on Saturday night for the birth of his baby girl and was not with the team for its series finale at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
Carp is expected back on Monday night, when the Mariners will open a three-game set with the Orioles.
Second baseman Dustin Ackley moved over to first base in Carp's absence, with Kyle Seager starting at second base and Chone Figgins getting the nod at third.
With shortstop Brendan Ryan sidelined by a sore left elbow after he was hit by a pitch on Saturday, the Mariners' bench was down to Miguel Olivo and Casper Wells for Sunday's game.
"We're a little thin," manager Eric Wedge acknowledged.
Closer Tom Wilhelmsen is also expecting the birth of a daughter any day but is with the team on its East Coast road swing.
Erasmo Ramirez picked up the win for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday in his third rehab start as he returns from a strained right elbow. Ramirez allowed just one unearned run and five hits with no walks and two strikeouts in a 5-1 victory over Oklahoma City.
Ramirez is 3-0 with a 5.11 ERA in his three rehab outings since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 1. Wedge said Ramirez still needs more time on his rehab before being recalled.
Reliever Charlie Furbush, on a Minor League rehab stint with a strained left biceps, will make his second appearance with Tacoma on Monday, Wedge said. Furbush threw an inning on Friday.
Justin Smoak went 1-for-3 on Saturday for Tacoma, extending his hitting streak to seven games. The first baseman is hitting .256 since being sent down to Triple-A, including a .318 mark (7-for-22) over the past seven games.
Going into Sunday's game, Seattle had played 72 of its first 109 games against teams with winning records. The Rockies were second in the Majors in that category with 68, while the Angels were the next-closest AL team with 66.