Logan expects to return to mound this week

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees left-hander Boone Logan said that a dye contrast MRI showed only inflammation in his left elbow and he plans to be back on the mound this week.

Logan said that he had been having "a little annoying feeling" in his left elbow, and while it didn't seem to be affecting his throwing, the reliever wanted to get rid of it before the season starts.

"I wanted to know what was going on, because it wasn't going away," Hughes said. "My strength's good, everything's good. My arm wants to go, it wants to throw, and it's just kind of one of those little annoying feelings. I'm tired of feeling it. If I keep going and it doesn't go away, it would make for a long year."

Logan, who tied for the Major League lead with 80 appearances last season, said that he doesn't expect this to be a serious setback. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the team tried to handle Logan's workload with care last year.

"I know he had a number of appearances, but he didn't have like 90 innings (55 1/3)," Girardi said. "We were pretty careful about when we didn't get him up ... but you're always concerned when a guy comes up a little sore, no matter who it is."