Boone Logan pain-free following today’s bullpen session

Cafardo: Yankees have inquired about Chase Headley
Yankees giving Mustelier a look at third base in wake of Teixeira injury

Finally, some good injury news. Lefty reliever threw his first bullpen session in about two weeks this morning, and afterwards he told Mark Feinsand he was pain-free. “I’ve never been so excited to throw a bullpen,” said the southpaw, who insisted he will be ready for Opening Day.

Logan, 28, was sidelined by a barking elbow a little more than a week ago, but an MRI did come back clean. The Yankees had been taking it easy on him early in camp following last year’s career-high workload, which included 55.1 innings spread across a league-leading 80 appearances. Second lefty reliever Clay Rapada has been shut down for 7-10 days with shoulder bursitis, so the Yankees are currently without a healthy southpaw for the bullpen. Good thing the season doesn’t start for another three weeks.

Cafardo: Yankees have inquired about Chase Headley
Yankees giving Mustelier a look at third base in wake of Teixeira injury
  • Eddard

    I’ve been reading a lot lately about how the Yankees are in panic mode. I guarantee you nobody in the front office is in panic mode on March 10th. An article today suggested that the Yankees are in big trouble three weeks before the first pitch is even thrown. People act like Mark Teixera and Curtis Granderson are Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. Teixera doesn’t do anything in April, Granderson is replaced in CF by a better defender. People also act like the only way to score runs is via solo home runs. Perhaps these injuries will force the team to manufacture runs via the stolen base and putting the bat on the ball with RISP, something that was sorely lacking last season.

    • Magilla Gorilla

      The Yankees scored 804 runs last year. Of 30 teams, they were second only to Texas with 808 runs scored. The average team scored 700.5. It is fair to say that their formula was pretty good. So let’s not divert the conversation by talking about a meaningless stat like failure to drive in RISP, which has as much to to with success in putting batter on base as with the failure to drive them in.

      The fact that Mark Teixeira does not hit in April has nothing to to with the calendar as it does with the amount of time it takes for him to get hot. When he returns to playing, he will be beginning his “spring training”. If you believe in the theory of Teixeira’s slow starts, then you should be expecting him to hit in June.

      Granderson will likely be replace in the batting order by some combination of Matt Diaz, Zoilo Almonte and Melky Mesa. How ’bout them apples?

  • Jersey Joe

    Hmm. Happy he’s healthy, but this is someone who pitched less than 60 innings last year.

    Cuddyer is really interesting to me. If Rockies eat 1/2 his contract, then it would be perfect. When Tex and Grandy get back, Cuddyer could move Ichiro to 4th OF (where he belongs) and add some HR to the lineup, and also act as Hafner’s DH partner.

    I would definitely give up Warren and maybe Ronnier. Cuddyer seems perfect, and having 20 HR/solid OBP will help in 2014 when Granderson is gone.

    Opening Day:

    1. Gardner CF
    2. Jeter SS
    3. Cuddyer RF/1B
    4. Cano 2B
    5. Youkilis 3B
    6. Hafner DH
    7. Dan Johnson/Juan Rivera 1B/RF
    8. Cervelli C
    9. Ichiro LF

    • MannyGeee

      I can see it. Warren and a fringe guy would not get you a clearance sale on Cuddyer though.

      • Jersey Joe

        Hmmm. If the Rockies are looking more pitching, I don’t know.

        • Havok9120

          Adam Warren and FHFRM don’t seem anywhere near sufficient to get the Rockies to eat enough of that contract to make it worth doing. I’m not even sure they get us the player unless the Rockies are just looking to dump salary.

    • Magilla Gorilla

      It is not so much the innings pitched as the number of games that he warmed up. Logan warmed up to come in to more than half the games and came in half the games.

      Cuddyer does seem like a good fit. I am not sure about Buster Olney’s valuation.