MRI negative, Logan likely for Yanks' roster

MRI negative, Logan likely for Yanks' roster

TAMPA, Fla. -- Boone Logan showed up at Yankees camp on Wednesday looking like "the Hunchback of Notre Dame," according to general manager Brian Cashman, but the lefty's bout with back spasms will not keep him from making the Opening Day roster.

On Wednesday, Logan was sent for an MRI exam that came back negative, and the reliever is expected to be available to pitch on Friday, when New York will open its regular season against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

"I wish I had a story," Logan said. "It was a very easy off-day. I think the most I did was went to IHOP and ate breakfast. I thought it would go away, and it never did."

Logan posted a 3.24 ERA in 10 Grapefruit League appearances, spanning 8 1/3 innings. He will have some left-handed company in the bullpen this year, something that was a rarity last season; the Yankees will be carrying Clay Rapada as a second southpaw reliever. Rapada had a 0.90 ERA in 12 appearances this spring, spanning 10 innings.

"If you have two quality lefties, sometimes you need a lefty early on," Girardi said. "There are some big left-handed hitters in our division, so it just gives us more options."