The original excitement surrounding the return of B.J. Ryan has unfortunately fizzled out, when it was announced on Thursday that he will not participate in a Spring Training game as originally planned. The doctor who performed Tommy John surgery has advised the Blue Jays to not play Ryan on Saturday, as it might be a little too soon.
Instead, the Beej will now participate in two more simulated sessions before returning to the mound. Dr. Timothy Kremcheck has told Jays management to avoid using Ryan on consecutive days in April, and in instances of more than one inning. It looks like the Beej is still a way from being at 100 percent, but thankfully Accardo is waiting in the wings if Ryan is not ready for Opening Day.