Boone Logan spent the final day of spring training in the most dreaded location of all: The MRI tube after awakening this morning with a severely sore back.
"He came in this morning as the Hunchback of Notre Dame,'' said GM Brian Cashman.
Luckily for the Yankees, the MRI was negative and Logan was positive about his chances to be ready for Friday's opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg, with the help of some muscle relaxers. "I'll just relax, let these medicines kick in, enjoy the muscle relaxers, let the spasm calm down and I should be good to go on Opening Day,'' he said.
Still, if there was any doubt that Clay Rapada, the lefty reliever who was being considered to join Logan in the Yankees bullpen, was going to make the team, the Logan injury removed it. Although Joe Girardi said he was leaning toward adding Rapada anyway, he wasn't entirely sure Logan would be ready to go on Friday.
"I think that’s a question,'' Girardi said. "I’m not saying he’ll be (going on the DL) , but I don’t know if he’ll be able to pitch by Friday.”