TORONTO - Boone Logan returned from a visit with Dr. James Andrews, where he received news that was as good as could have been expected.
The lefthander, sidelined since Sept. 6 with inflammation in his left elbow, visited the renowned orthopedic surgeon over the weekend in Pensacola, Fla., and was diagnosed with a bone spur on the elbow, which showed up on a CT scan.
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"It's something that's been going on a while,'' said Logan, who will undergo surgery in the offseason.
But that doesn't mean this season is over for him.
Logan has pitched with some degree of soreness in the elbow since spring training, and now that he knows it's something he can pitch through, that's what he plans to do.
Logan said Tuesday his intent is to throw a bullpen Wednesday and possibly be available by Friday, a timetable that Joe Girardi corroborated.
"If he can throw a bullpen on Wednesday, Friday's realistic,'' Girardi said.
Although the news may bode well for the rest of the 2012 regular season, the news likely will cost Logan, an impending free agent, money.
"The offseason, being a free agent and all, that's the only thing that bothers me,'' Logan said before Tuesday night's's game. "But besides that, the fact I can go out there and keep throwing and try and help the team, that's the important part.''
Backup catcher Austin Romine, who suffered a concussion Sept. 10 in Baltimore, was in Girardi's original lineup but soon was scratched, replaced by Chris Stewart.
"I was under the assumption that he was ready to go, but he's not quite ready to go,'' Girardi said. "I should have asked him, I just saw him do his drills and felt good about it . . . He just feels that he's not ready.''
Rookie J.R. Murphy, a Sept. 1 call-up, will continue as Stewart's backup.
Although he didn't sound that way after the weekend debacle in Boston, Girardi said he's enjoying the chase for the postseason.
"This is what you want, you want a chance to play in October,'' he said.
"That's not going to change my personality after we lose games, I don't like to lose. But I smile every day when I wake up, glad we have an opportunity.''