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Ryan progressing

Brendan Ryan has upped his workload in spring training hitting and throwing drills and so far he's reporting no problems.

Ryan, according to, took swings with both hands for the first time since his Feb. 10 surgery and threw a ball into a screen with what he estimated to be the force necessary to throw it 120 feet. Today he hopes to graduate from swinging at the air to hitting a ball on a tee.

Manager Tony La Russa told that, while the team hopes to see Ryan get in some games during Grapefruit League play, he's not going to count on it.

The newest Cardinal, Felipe Lopez, probably won't be a longterm solution at short if Ryan can't go on opening day. Tyler Greene is a more likely candidate for that role with Julio Lugo serving as a utilityman at second, third and short.