Toronto Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan complained of soreness in his throwing arm and will be held out of games for at least a few days.
Ryan, who pitched in only five games last year before having Tommy John elbow surgery in May, threw his second scoreless inning of the spring Monday. He later reported minor soreness in his biceps and forearm.
"I'm always the type of guy who would get a second-day soreness," Ryan said yesterday in Dunedin, Fla. "Hopefully, it's just a little tightness in there, and we can get it calmed down."
Manager John Gibbons said he was optimistic Ryan would be OK.
"It might be in a couple of days," said Gibbons.
"When he is ready to go, we will get him in a game."
General manager J.P. Ricciardi was also optimistic.
"He is throwing every day and we are monitoring him," he said. "I don't think this is a setback; he is ahead of schedule.
"We need to have B.J. for the whole year, not half a year. So we are treating it with kid gloves."
Chamberlain solidJoba Chamberlain was told Wednesday he would start the season in the bullpen. One day later the Yankee righthander showed why he was dominant as a rookie setup man last season.
Chamberlain struck out all three batters he faced in the seventh inning of the New York Yankees' 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin.
"It felt great," said Chamberlain, who threw nine of 11 pitches for strikes. "Just getting going, it's like riding a bike. It didn't take me very long to get going. My arm actually warmed up quicker than I thought it would. My arm reacted really well."