Yankees' Ryan to begin rehab assignment

04/25/2014 4:50 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan has yet to see action in the regular season as he rehabs from injury.(AP)
New York Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan will begin a true rehabilitation assignment on Sunday with the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees, the team announced Wednesday. to continue his road back from injury.

Ryan had just eight at-bats this spring before he was shut down on March 4 with a back issue, and he began the season on the disabled list with a cervical spine nerve injury. The 35-year-old infielder began playing in simulated and extended spring training games last Thursday, but came down with a tight hamstring after six at-bats on Saturday and missed the next three days.

He was re-cleared to begin baseball activities on Wednesday, and will join the T-Yanks this weekend to continue the process of what Yankees manager Joe Girardi said was "going through a normal spring training."

"We're trying to get him 50 at-bats or so. I'm not sure where he's at, probably around 20 would be my guess," Girardi said on Friday. "Then you have to get him to where he can play some back to back games. I don't imagine it will be too long though, because he has been playing in some games, they've just been a little bit more controlled."

Ryan, who joined the Yankees via a trade last September, signed a two-year, $5 million deal to return in the offseason.

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