Ryan to miss at least 3 starts on disabled list

August 01, 1991|By Dallas Morning News

CHICAGO -- With the days dwindling, the Texas Rangers will play another stretch of their schedule without pitcher Nolan Ryan.

Bowing to the inevitable, the Rangers put Ryan on the 15-day disabled list yesterday because of a strained trapezius muscle in the back of the right shoulder. The move, retroactive to Monday, means Ryan will miss at least three starts. He could not predict a return date.

"These things are aggravating," Ryan said. "It's frustrating not being able to contribute. I'd like to be able to pitch every fifth [day] and not have to deal with these other things. Not have the sideshows going on."

Ryan, tied for the team lead in victories with seven and fifth in the American League with a 2.80 ERA, has gone on the disabled list this season because of a strain and weakness in the muscle. Ryan returned after the minimum 15 days last time. But the Rangers are uncertain about Ryan's recovery period this time.

"We want to make sure he doesn't do anything crazy and rush back," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He's going to need time."

Ryan, 44, has pitched 122 innings this season. He is in danger of not pitching at least 200 innings for the first time since 1986.

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