Cards SS Brendan Ryan's wrist finally pain-free -

Cards SS Brendan Ryan's wrist finally pain-free


JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan figured the pain in his right wrist was never going away. He felt it in high school. He felt it early in his professional career. He felt it enough to force him to skip batting practice about half the time last season.

Still, he was willing to deal with it.Then, after he "complained about it enough," arthroscopic surgery was scheduled. Doctors found an obstruction and determined it was more than tendinitis that was causing him pain.

Now, though Ryan isn't happy about delaying his first spring training as a starter, he's relieved the pain that has hindered him for several years is gone.

Ryan, who took over the starting job midway through last season, expects to be ready for opening day.

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