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Brendan Ryan tries to make sense of role reversal

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Not all major league baseball players get to be everyday starters, and accepting the role as bench player is something that – no matter how distasteful – has to be learned.

It’s particularly hard to come to grips with after first being a starter.

The perfect example is Mariners infielder Brendan Ryan. Since 2009, he has been a starting player. At the start of the 2013 season, Ryan was the Mariners’ everyday shortstop, just like he was in 2012 and…

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