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Originally published June 13, 2011 at 9:13 PM | Page modified June 13, 2011 at 11:57 PM

Players anxious for first day off after 20 straight games | Mariners notebook

Brendan Ryan wants to get more familiar with his city of employment. But that might wait until he sleeps in Thursday. That day marks the...

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Brendan Ryan wants to get more familiar with his city of employment. But that might wait until he sleeps in Thursday.

That day marks the Mariners' first off-day after games on 20 straight days, and Ryan, 29, admits it takes a toll.

"No question," said the Mariners shortstop. "The muscles get a little tighter. (But) it is what it is. I think when you're playing hard, you should be feeling it a little bit at the home stretch of a 20-game streak."

The M's entered Monday 10-7 in this stretch, which began May 27 at home against the Yankees. Manager Eric Wedge says it has been a challenge, one that includes monitoring pitchers closely, knowing the precise point when a player has been pushed enough to need a day off, and figuring in the debilitating aspect of travel.

"It's no easy task to go out there and play for 20 days," he said.

Ryan says he tries to get the occasional ice bath, finds himself more apt to catch more down time in the road hotel and "you try not to be running around as much."

He won't lie. He's looking forward to Thursday.

"All our off-days are in the air," he said. "I want to check out Seattle a little bit. I'm eager. I haven't been around the city too much."

Aardsma to 60-day list

The M's activated minor-league left-hander Mauricio Robles, who had arthroscopic surgery on his throwing elbow March 22, and transferred closer David Aardsma from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Aardsma, the Mariners closer, had hip surgery Jan. 3. In his effort to return shortly into the season, developed arm problems and was diagnosed with a sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament.

Wedge said Aardsma was to begin playing catch Monday with catcher Adam Moore, who is recuperating from knee surgery. But any possible return in 2011 would be well into the second half of the season.

Note

Ken Griffey Jr., a special consultant with the Mariners, is in town, apparently a late arrival at the park. He chatted with the team's TV announcers on ROOT Sports, and was in the clubhouse after the game.

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