Ryan feeling good, ready to pitch again

Ryan feeling good, ready to pitch again

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan passed another test in his recovery process on Saturday, reporting no unusual soreness one day after making his much-anticipated Grapefruit League debut.

Ryan, who underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow on May 10, made a one-inning appearance against the Rays in St. Petersburg on Friday afternoon. It was Ryan's first game outing since leaving a game in Toronto on April 14 of last season with the elbow injury.

"He's sore, but it's normal body soreness," Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said on Saturday. "He felt good. I think he just felt good to get into a game situation and let the adrenaline flow. That was on the plus side, I'd say."

After signing a five-year contract worth $47 million to be Toronto's closer in November 2005, Ryan posted a 1.37 ERA and saved 38 games for the Blue Jays in his first season with the club. In 2007, Ryan made just five relief appearances before being sidelined with the elbow issue.

Ryan's next scheduled outing is tentatively planned for Monday, when the Blue Jays face the Pirates in Bradenton, Fla. The 32-year-old lefty-hander is attempting to break camp with the Blue Jays in time for Opening Day, roughly 11 months removed from his operation.

"If he continues to progress the way he's progressed, I don't see any reason why he wouldn't," said Ricciardi, when asked if Ryan could meet his Opening Day goal. "Obviously, there are two weeks to go and we'll see how he feels."

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.