Brendan Ryan 2B/SS NYY 9 Days

Ryan (back) is in the lineup for Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

It will be Ryan's first Grapefruit League appearance of the year after a mid-back strain sidelined him for about three weeks. His roster spot is likely still safe despite the missed time, but he'll need to have a strong spring showing to earn more at bats by the start of the regular season.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS NYY 10 Days

Ryan (back) is listed on the Yankees' travel roster for Friday's game against the Tigers, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Ryan is yet to play this spring while battling a mid-back sprain, so if he plays Friday it will be his first action. He's been taking swings and fielding of late, but it remains to be seen whether he's shown the team enough to begin the season as more than a utility infielder.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS NYY 14 Days

Ryan (back) could be back within the week according to manager Joe Girardi, the NY Post reports.

Ryan has been able to take swings and field ground balls, but he's still already missed two weeks for what was believed to be a minor issue. Even if he does return to game action within the week, it's possible the missed time will reduce Ryan to a utility infielder rather than a middle infield platoon option.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS NYY 16 Days

Ryan (back) has been taking swings but is still "a ways away" according to manager Joe Girardi, Newsday reports.

After the initial projection that he'd miss just five days, it's possible Ryan will be out close to the entire spring as he deals with a mid-back strain. If he is forced to miss the majority of spring training, the lost playing time could cost him the opportunity to earn a platoon with either Didi Gregorius or Stephen Drew at shortstop or second base.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS NYY 20 Days

Ryan (back) may resume light baseball activities Wednesday, ESPN New York reports.

Ryan initially suffered a mid-back strain on Feb. 27 and was expected to miss just five days, so the recovery has already taken longer than anticipated. It's still not considered to be a long term issue, but he's been off the field completely since last Thursday, so there should be a clearer timetable for a return if he's able to participate in baseball activities Wednesday.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS NYY 24 Days

Ryan (back) has stopped participating in baseball activities, the NY Daily News reports.

Ryan returned to the field Tuesday after suffering a mid-back strain, but felt soreness after taking swings and fielding practice. The injury was not initially believed to be too serious, but it's possible Didi Gregorious or Stephen Drew -- both potential options to share a platoon with Ryan in the middle infield -- could gain some separation in his absence.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS NYY 28 Days

Ryan (back) is feeling better, but will not resume baseball activities until at least Monday, Wallace Matthews of ESPN reports.

Ryan suffered a mid-back strain from a weight lifting injury Friday, but he's not expected to miss extended time. The Yankees' first game of spring training is on Tuesday, so Ryan will likely miss that, but he should be able to return a bit later in the week.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS NYY 30 Days

Ryan has suffered a mid-back strain and will miss five days, Wallace Matthews of ESPN reports.

It is a strain, not a sprain. This is likely inconsequential due to Ryan's negligible fantasy value, but it will at least mean a little more time for Didi Gregorious to get his reps in as he takes over shortstop.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS NYY 7 Months

Ryan went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in a rare start at second base for the Yankees on Sunday.

Ryan hadn't played in a week prior to Sunday's start, and had the pleasure of facing Chris Sale in that start. After the acquisitions of Stephen Drew and Martin Prado, the path for playing time for Ryan has been blocked.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS NYY 11 Months

Yankees activated INF Brendan Ryan from the 15-day disabled list.

Ryan began the season on the DL with a pinched nerve in his back, but he had no issues during his recent rehab assignment. The 32-year-old could see more playing time than your average backup shortstop playing behind Derek Jeter, who figures to need regular rest as the season moves along.