The outlook for Boone Logan is quite uncertain as of now, though he did throw a bullpen session today and said he felt good afterward. The left hander was diagnosed with a bone spur in his left elbow and hasn’t pitched since Sept. 6. He is going to see how he feels tomorrow and go from there, and if all goes well, he could be back in action by Friday.
The New York Yankees have been using Cesar Cebral as their lefty specialist since Boone has been out, but his limited big-league experience is a question mark in the Yankees pen. No matter how you feel about Logan, because he has had his mishaps coming out of the pen in sticky situations, his numbers are better than people give him credit for. This year, he is 5-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched.
This is also a walk year for Logan, and it must be frustrating not being able to see game time because of his lingering elbow issue. It definitely doesn’t help his cause, and might be one of the probable many Yankees who will be on different teams come spring next year.
As a Yankee fan, I cringe every time I see Logan warming up in the bullpen; the same type of emotion that comes to me when Joba Chamberlain begins to warm up. To be honest, that is not a fair reaction because he has been satisfactory this year and has the ability to get both righties and lefties out. In addition, he would be another good piece to add since the bullpen has been overtaxed and manager Joe Girardi doesn’t have too many reliable options to send out their when big outs are needed.
So, having Logan healthy can only be a plus as the season winds down, and if he does come back and is successful, that should help his pending free agency.