It was a familiar story.
To start the 2008 season, career minor leaguer Rico Washington made the team only because Ryan was on the DL with an oblique strain.
Ryan, frustrated at times during the following discussion, said he doesn't want to known as "the injury guy".
It is a fair question.
Ryan missed a month in 2005 while with Palm Beach due to a hamstring strain that was elongated when he tried to return too soon. In 2006, he played in just 28 regular season games due to a wrist injury. That makes 2007 the only injury-free season in his last five.
In the following audio clips, Ryan talks candidly about having played better recently, perhaps making a positive impression. Some disappointment creeps in along with greater frustration over the fact the injury occurred on a foul ball. He does expect to be ready to play sooner than 15 days.
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