Blue Jays closer placed on 15-day disabled list

4/16/2007 - MLB B.J. Ryan Toronto Blue Jays + more

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays placed closer B.J. Ryan on
the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a sprained elbow, a day after
he blew his second save in his last four chances.

Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Sunday that he doesn't necessarily believe Ryan blew out his elbow. The Blue Jays medical staff is "leaning more toward a strained tendon," Ricciardi said.

"He's just been sore for a couple of weeks. Our trainers have been watching and monitoring it. We just want to get it checked out."

The worst-case scenario, Ricciardi said, is that Ryan blew out his elbow. "And if that's the case, then we'll adjust."

Ryan, whose latest blown save came in Saturday's 10-7 loss to
Detroit, is to be examined by Dr. James Andrews in Alabama on

The left-hander has two blown saves in five chances this year,
after he blew only four saves in 42 opportunities last season.

While setup man Jason Frasor is expected to take over in the closer's role for Ryan, Shaun Marcum recorded the save Sunday in Toronto's 2-1 win over the Tigers.

The Blue Jays called up right-hander Jamie Vermilyea from Triple-A
Syracuse to take Ryan's place on the roster. Vermilyea will be used
as the long man out of the bullpen.

Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. The Associated Press contributed to this report.