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05/10/2007 3:03 PM ET
Ryan has successful surgery
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The TORONTO BLUE JAYS announce that LHP B.J. RYAN underwent surgery today to repair the ulnar collateral ligament (Tommy John Surgery) in his left elbow. The surgery was performed by Dr. Timothy E. Kremchek in Cincinnati and was deemed successful. Under the advisement of Dr. Kremchek, Ryan is expected to ready for spring training next season.

RYAN, 31, first experienced soreness in March during spring training. As per the advice of Dr. James Andrews and in conjunction with team doctors, it was recommended he rest and rehab for two weeks. At the conclusion of this period, Ryan was pain free and began throwing.

After his appearance on April 14 vs. Detroit he complained of pain in the elbow and stated it was worse than it had been previously. Ryan was shut down immediately and traveled to see Dr. Andrews, at which time he received an MRI. After examination Dr Andrews in consultation with Dr. Kremchek agreed the best course of action was four weeks of rest. As is common with this program his arm was tested after the third week of the four week program. The test was administered by Dr Keith Meister in Texas. As the pain had not subsided surgery became an option.

Ryan traveled to Dr, Kremchek's office on May 8th, at which time he recommended surgery. After consultation with the Club, all parties agreed UCL surgery was the best option. It was completed today, May 10th.

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