5/6/2014 9:38 P.M. ET
Ryan excited to back with Yanks, healthy
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- After spending an extra four weeks in Florida on injury rehab, delaying the start of his season, infielder Brendan Ryan was elated to board a flight to California and join the Yankees for Tuesday's game against the Angels.
"I've seen enough of Tampa [Fla.] to know that I've seen way too much of Tampa," Ryan said.
Ryan has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, having recovered from a cervical spine nerve injury. In a corresponding move, the Yankees placed right-hander Michael Pineda on the disabled list; Pineda was reinstated from his 10-game suspension on Tuesday.
"Physically, I'm a whole lot better than before. Really, no restrictions," Ryan said. "I feel great. Basically, I've just got to stay on top of my stuff, and I think if I do that, this thing won't come back. All good moving forward."
The Yankees plan to use Ryan mostly as a backup for shortstop Derek Jeter, though manager Joe Girardi said that he has not yet decided how often Ryan will be used to spell the captain.
"As I told you, I'll watch Derek as we go through the whole year," Girardi said. "Just because Brendan is here won't change my view on how I view Derek."
Girardi said that he also could consider playing Ryan at second or third bases, positions where he has a smattering of prior big league experience. Ryan said that he took some ground balls at second base while he was in Florida, but played only shortstop during his seven rehab games for Class A Advanced Tampa and Double-A Trenton.
"I'll be ready to play every day, whether it's one inning or to start or whatever," Ryan said. "It's something I'll make clear. If they need me to tape ankles today, I'll do that, too.
"Whatever they need me for, I'm ready for it. I played in the National League for [Tony] La Russa, and it's the same kind of deal there. You never know. Be ready for anything. It kind of makes it fun, too."
Girardi irked, but ready to move on from ejection
ANAHEIM -- Joe Girardi woke up on Tuesday morning with a hoarse voice and a touch of a sore throat. The Yankees' manager didn't need to think too hard to remember why, having engaged in a spectacular on-field argument with umpire Laz Diaz during a 4-1 loss to the Angels on Monday.
"I've heard people complain that there's no arguments now that there's replay; well, there was one last night," Girardi said. "If they missed it, I'm not doing it again tonight. I have no voice."
Girardi said that he was still irked by the events that took place between his team and Diaz, who was working home plate and ejected Girardi for arguing a called strike on Brett Gardner during the top of the eighth inning.
Diaz also ejected Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley in the bottom half of the eighth, dismissively waving at the hurler as Kelley left the field following a pitching change.
"That's frustrating to me. That bothers me," Girardi said.
Kelley declined to talk about the nature of his first career ejection, saying, "Everybody saw it, so I'm not going to go there."
Girardi said that he believed Diaz instigated Monday's situation, also noting that Diaz had earlier waggled his finger in what Girardi called "the Mutumbo."
Speaking to reporters from the New York Times and the New York Post, the veteran umpire denied that he was the instigator.
"[Girardi] came out of the dugout, arguing balls and strikes; that's an automatic ejection," Diaz said. "So I don't see how I instigated it. And I warned him before he came out."
Girardi said that he does not expect Monday's events to carry over for the rest of the series.
"Umpires that have been around long enough and have been through enough of them, they realize it's part of the game, too," Girardi said. "I'm sure Laz will move on. No big deal."
• Yankees pitchers Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and David Phelps took batting practice on Tuesday at Angel Stadium, preparing for their upcoming Interleague starts against the Brewers at Miller Park this weekend.
Hitting off pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Tanaka homered over the center-field fence, pumping his fist in celebration. Sabathia also hit a pair of BP homers, clearing the right-field wall and hooking one around the right-field foul pole.
The Yankees also had Alfredo Aceves take batting practice, in case he is needed as a long reliever in Milwaukee.
• Mark Teixeira entered play on Tuesday tied for the Major League lead with five homers since April 24 (with the White Sox's Jose Abreu and the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki). Teixeira hit .303 (10-for-33) over that span.
• On this date in 1922, the Yankees' Carl Mays pitched a two-hit shutout over the Athletics at Philadelphia's Shibe Park in a game that took one hour and 11 minutes.