Brendan Ryan SS NYY 6 Days

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that Brendan Ryan (back) "may have started some light baseball activity today."

Girardi wasn't sure, but either way it appears Ryan has made some minor progress. That said, he's not close to being activated from the disabled list, as it will be a while until he's game-ready and he's expected to need a good number of rehab at-bats.

Brendan Ryan SS NYY 10 Days

Brendan Ryan (back) has yet to resume baseball activities.

Ryan is dealing with a pinched nerve in his upper back and it doesn't appear he's anywhere close to returning. The Yankees will continue to use Dean Anna as Derek Jeter's primary backup at shortstop while Ryan is on the shelf.

Brendan Ryan SS NYY 16 Days

Brendan Ryan (back) is scheduled to begin swinging a bat underwater Monday in Tampa, Florida.

Ryan stayed behind at the Yankees' spring training complex when the team headed north to continue rehabbing the pinched nerve in his back. There is no timetable for his activation from the disabled list.

Brendan Ryan SS NYY 19 Days

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that Brendan Ryan (back) will not be ready for activation from the disabled list when his 15 days are up.

Cashman noted that Ryan will essentially be starting spring training over after being saddled with oblique and back issues nearly all of March. Eduardo Nunez will serve as Derek Jeter's primary backup at shortstop for now.

Brendan Ryan SS NYY 21 Days

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Wednesday that Brendan Ryan (back) will begin the season on the disabled list.

No surprise here, as an MRI last week showed that Ryan has a pinched nerve in his back. There's no clear timetable for his return. Eduardo Nunez will serve as Derek Jeter's primary backup at shortstop for now.

Brendan Ryan SS NYY 26 Days

Brendan Ryan will not be ready for Opening Day after an MRI revealed that something was pushing on a nerve in his back.

Ryan has dealt with oblique and back issues this spring, ailments that the Yankees have insisted are not related. Regardless, he can't do much without feeling discomfort, so he's not going to be game-ready for a while. Eduardo Nu¤ez will serve as Derek Jeter's primary backup at shortstop while Ryan is on the shelf.

Brendan Ryan SS NYY 27 Days

Brendan Ryan was scratched from Thursday's game with upper back spasms unrelated to his previous oblique injury.

Ryan was scheduled to return from a two-week oblige-induced hiatus on Thursday night. More back pain doesn't sound like good news for his Opening Day roster prospects, but we'll find out more about his progress and prognosis in the coming days.

Brendan Ryan SS NYY 27 Days

Brendan Ryan (oblique) was scratched from New York's Grapefruit League game on Thursday.

The club announced the news just 30 minutes before the game, so it appears Ryan couldn't give it a go. He's been out of action for two weeks and been limited to just eight at-bats this spring due to an oblique issue. With Opening Day upon us, Ryan must progress quickly to avoid an early stint on the DL.

Brendan Ryan SS NYY 29 Days

Brendan Ryan (oblique) will return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

Ryan has been limited to just eight at-bats this spring due to an oblique issue, but he's finally making progress. Barring a setback, he should have time to get ready for Opening Day.

Brendan Ryan SS NYY 1 Month

Brendan Ryan (back) was slated to take some dry swings Tuesday.

He'll then move on to hitting off a tee and taking soft-toss Wednesday. Ryan has been nursing lower back soreness for about a week but doesn't appear to be far off from return to games.