Relief is in sight for the Toronto Blue Jays.
On Wednesday, the baseball team learned that closer B.J. Ryan expects to be ready for spring training in Dunedin, Florida and the upcoming 2008 season.
Ryan returns to the Blue Jays' bullpen after missing nearly the entire 2007 season recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery.
Ryan pitched in only five games last year, blew two save chances, and posted an 0-2 record with a lofty 12.75 earned run average.
Not exactly Dennis Eckersley-type numbers.
In 2006, the former Baltimore Oriole enjoyed a tremendous first season as a Blue Jay. He notched 38 saves and recorded a 1.37 ERA.
Back on November 28, 2005, Ryan flew north to Toronto and signed a five-year, $55 million contract with the Blue Jays.
In all, Ryan has appeared in 475 career games, registering 18 wins and 83 saves.