CINCINNATI -- Boone Logan made two throws to first base after being called into Monday's game, then reared back and fired a fastball that collided with Joey Votto's back.
That was the end of Logan's outing, lifted after one pitch in favor of Mariano Rivera, who allowed a couple of inherited runs to score before closing out a 5-3 Yankees victory over the Reds.
It has been that sort of year for Logan, who has struggled at his assigned task, to get left-handed hitters out. Lefties are hitting Logan at a .300 (12-for-40) clip, with a .391 on-base percentage.
"I think it's consistency of strikes -- getting ahead of hitters is important for all pitchers," manager Joe Girardi said. "And it comes down to location, that's the bottom line."
Girardi largely excused Logan's outing on Monday, pointing out that he hadn't pitched since June 12 against the Indians, making it difficult to remain sharp.
"It's been tough for him this year," Girardi said. "He had a little streak where he had a good streak going and then he ran into a little trouble, but we need him and that's the bottom line."
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman would have interest in an upgrade in the lefty specialist department, even as the team has paid major dollars to a pair who may not throw a single pitch in 2011, Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte.
With both pitchers only playing catch and neither a guarantee to return, one name to know is Randy Flores, a 35-year-old veteran who has a 1.46 ERA in 13 appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Flores was also 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA at Triple-A Tucson in the Padres chain this year.