Ryan hit by pitch, hopes it is settled
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda hit Brendan Ryan painfully on his left elbow, knocking him out of the game. X-rays were negative.
Seattle Times staff reporter
NEW YORK — The last time Felix Hernandez faced the Yankees, he hit Ichiro, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in a game at Safeco Field, breaking A-Rod's hand in the process.
In the seventh inning Saturday, with a man on second and one out in a 1-0 game, Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda hit Brendan Ryan painfully on his left elbow, knocking him out of the game. X-rays were negative, but Ryan is unlikely to play in Sunday's series finale.
Was there correlation between Felix's wild day (and another hit batter the next day), and the pitch that got away from Kuroda? Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he didn't think so. Ryan wasn't sure, but hopes that if it was, it's now over.
"I'm not saying there was intent or anything. If you're throwing soft stuff out over the plate, you've got to back guys off," he said. "Whether that one got away from him, I don't know. It seemed like it just kind of chased me. I couldn't really get out of the way.
"Hopefully, that kind of settled things because I know we were kind of owed at least one. Obviously, none of our guys were trying to, but there comes to a point where it doesn't really matter. It's major-league baseball and you've got to be able to control your stuff."
Ryan said he was hit in the same spot where his elbow was fractured in high school.
"I was holding my breath until we got the X-rays," he said. "They saw the old fracture, and I don't know if it was calcium or what, but the bone was actually stronger, so maybe it ended up helping me, getting it fractured earlier. But it's not going to feel very good today or tomorrow."
More on Hernandez's gem
Hernandez threw his second shutout at the new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009 — as many as all Yankees pitchers combined. He has a career 1.13 earned-run average at the new ballpark after his seventh career shutout, best of any pitcher with at least 20 innings.
According to baseball-reference.com, Cleveland's Greg Swindell, in September 1988, was the last visiting pitcher to win a 1-0 complete game at either Yankee Stadium. And the last pitcher to win 1-0 while allowing two hits or fewer was Baltimore's Jim Palmer, a Hall of Famer, with a two-hitter on June 1, 1978.