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Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2009-05-13

Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2009-05-13
B.J. Ryan has lost his job as the Blue Jays closer.

Ryan, who is rehabbing at Class A Dunedin (Fla.) after being placed on the disabled list April 23 with a strained trapezius, has been replaced by left-hander Scott Downs as the Jays closer. Downs will remain in the closer's role when Ryan returns, general manager J.P. Ricciardi said prior to Tuesday night's game. Ricciardi added that Ryan is expected to be back in the majors by the end of the homestand, next Monday.

"No, I don't think so," Ricciardi said when asked if Ryan would return as the closer. "I think B.J. understands that at this point. One thing about B.J. is that he wants to win and I think right now with Downs doing such a good job (3-for-3 in save situations) and the club being comfortable in that role, I don't think it's a role right now that's open. Ultimately I think B.J. will get back to being a closer at some point, but I think right now Downs has the role, and it's tough to argue with the club playing so well. B.J.'s a team guy, and he understands that."

It's up in the air what role Ryan will inherit.

"I don't know," Ricciardi said. "We'll have to see how it plays out."

Ryan, who threw a 1-2-3 inning Monday with Dunedin, will make another appearance Wednesday and at that time be re-evaluated, Ricciardi said. Ryan, who has struggled with his velocity and his command this year, right from spring training, was 1-0 with an 11.12 ERA in six appearances before going on the DL. He was 2-for-4 in save situations and had issued five walks and allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.

BLUE JAYS 5, YANKEES 1: RHP Roy Halladay checked the Yankees on five hits en route to his first complete game of the season. Halladay, who is 16-5 against New York in his career, moved to 7-1 on the season. 3B Scott Rolen opened the scoring with a two-run double in the Jays' three-run fourth and added an RBI single in the eighth. 2B Aaron Hill led off the eighth with a solo home run, his ninth of the season.

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