Positive news about Boone Logan, David Robertson, Shawn Kelley
Finally, some good news for the Yankees' bullpen.
Well, decent news.
OK, non-awful news, which, given the last several days, still is progress.
An MRI performed on Boone Logan, who left Friday's game with soreness near his left elbow, showed "inflammation,'' Joe Girardi said after Saturday's 13-9 loss.
Girardi pointed to an area just above the elbow where the inflammation was detected. "He'll probably be three days off and then we'll go from there,'' he said.
Setup man David Robertson, who had an MRI Friday night that showed tendinitis in his right shoulder, said before Saturday's game that he felt much better than he had the previous day. He didn't think he would be out any longer than the original prognosis of five or six days.
Shawn Kelley, out since Monday with a sore right triceps, threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game and declared himself ready.
"Didn't feel anything,'' said Kelley, who estimated he threw 12 to 15 pitches. "It was perfectly normal. Felt better than it has probably in a few months, actually, I guess because of the rest.''
Kelley played catch Friday and felt no pain. "I pretty much knew yesterday I was going to be OK, but the final test is to get off the mound,'' said Kelley, who expects to be available Sunday.
With Logan and Robertson unavailable, when Kelley does return, he could be called on for higher-leverage situations.
"Like you've seen lately, whether it's the sixth or the ninth, all the outs are equally important,'' Kelley said, a reference to the leads surrendered by the bullpen in losses Thursday and Friday. "Whatever they ask me to . . . I'll try to get as many outs as I can.''
Alex Rodriguez got the day off but Girardi said he's OK. "He's fine,'' he said. "[He's played] six days in a row and it's a day game after a night game.'' . . . Jim Miller, who allowed three runs in 11/3 innings after being called up Saturday, became the 54th player used by the Yankees this season, extending a franchise record . . . Brett Marshall, in his second big-league appearance, allowed one run and three hits in 41/3 innings.