TORONTO (AP) -Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi revealed in a recent radio interview that the team wasn't up front about closer B.J. Ryan's injury during spring training.
Ricciardi, who made the comments to the Fan 590 after Toronto's 15-13 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, said it wasn't a back injury that initially sidelined the pitcher in Florida, the Globe and Mail reported Saturday.
``It was his elbow that was bothering him,'' Ricciardi said during the interview. ``So we said it was his back, so we could have a bit more time.''
The team initially said Ryan had a back injury that kept him off the field for about 14 days. Two weeks ago, after two blown saves, the team put Ryan on the 60-day disabled list with what they said is a left elbow strain.
At that time, the Blue Jays said they didn't believe his back injury had anything to do with his arm trouble.
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