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Boone Logan feels like midseason after facing Phillies' lefties

Boone Logan pitches in relief during the seventh

Boone Logan pitches in relief during the seventh inning. (Aug. 18, 2012) Photo Credit: David Pokress

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- At least the Yankees got some good injury news Tuesday: Boone Logan said he felt "great" after throwing his first inning of spring training in the Yankees' 4-1 loss to the Phillies at Bright House Field.

Logan, who has been sidelined with a sore left elbow, allowed one hit and struck out two while facing four lefthanded batters. He projects to be the only lefthander in the Yankees bullpen with Clay Rapada (shoulder bursitis) expected to start the season on the 15-day disabled list.

"That's what I was expecting," Logan said. "I wanted to go out there and get the job done. I wasn't going to have the first game be an excuse to not get my job done. On top of that, it does feel extra good to go out there and get a couple strikeouts, to do well against lefties."

Pitching in the fifth inning, Logan allowed a single to Chase Utley before getting Ryan Howard to fly out to right and striking out Domonic Brown and Laynce Nix.

Logan, who led the American League in appearances with 80 last season, said he expects to be ready for the April 1 season opener.

"A little premature, but I felt midseason today," he said.

'Musty' returns

Ronnier Mustelier, who was injured running into the third-base railing at Steinbrenner Field on Friday, returned and went 0-for-2.

The long-shot third base hopeful didn't back away from chasing foul pops, however. He nearly ran over a ball girl sitting in a folding chair on one ball down the leftfield line that fell untouched. Luckily for all concerned, there was no collision.

Extra bases

Adam Warren, who projects as the No. 1 starter at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, started and allowed two runs and seven hits in 32/3 innings. That actually lowered his spring ERA to 9.64. Manager Joe Girardi said before the game that the Yankees could carry a long man early in the season if Phil Hughes ends up on the DL and Ivan Nova and David Phelps are both in the rotation . . . David Aardsma struck out two in one inning of scoreless relief . . . Brennan Boesch went 0-for-3 and is batting .200 since joining the Yankees . . . Travis Hafner's tough spring continues. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and is batting .138.

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