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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Rockies' Boone Logan aiming to be ready for Opening Day


By on 2/23/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Colorado Rockies gave Boone Logan more than sixteen million dollars in the offseason to be a key part of their bullpen for the next three years. The 29-year-old, recovering from surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow, would like to start doing that from Opening Day. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Logan is still limited in his throwing, using just his fastball and changeup in a 30-pitch session Friday, but he hopes to introduce the slider soon:


“I’m trying to get my feel back for that pitch, I’ll be needing it,” he said of his changeup. “I’m not (throwing) 100 percent right now. I’ll start some long-toss this week and start stretching it out a bit.”
 Logan told Saunders that in 2013, his arm ached so much that he stopped warming up with the slider at all and just hoped "it would be there in the game". The bone spur surgery appears to have alleviated the pain and Logan said there is now just some normal fatigue and occasional soreness.

By Keith Allison on Flickr, via Wikimedia Commons (cropped)
The Rockies have said they will use left-hander Logan in a more expanded role, rather than just against left-handed hitters. It remains to be seen whether that is a sensible strategy; while Logan has held hitters to a .690 OPS from the left side, right-handed hitters have put up an .855 OPS against him. The lefty has seen an uptick in strikeout rate over the last two seasons, topping 30% for the first time in his career in 2013. 

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