Yanks' bullpen working through injuries

Updated: March 19, 2011, 11:51 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees started spring training with two experienced lefties in their bullpen. Now, 11 days before Opening Day, they don't have one who is healthy.

Pedro Feliciano, acquired as a free agent in the offseason, has some soreness in the triceps area of his left arm and has not pitched in nine days. Boone Logan, who emerged as the Yankees' left-handed specialist out of the bullpen last year after Damaso Marte suffered a shoulder injury, is likely to be sidelined a few days after suffering back spasms Friday morning.

"You hope that they're minor,'' manager Joe Girardi said, acknowledging the possibility that one or both might not be able to accompany the team north when the Yankees break camp March 29.

"He's getting a little extra rest here,'' Girardi said of Feliciano, who last pitched in a game March 9. "He'll do a bullpen tomorrow. Guys go through this dead arm in spring training and you can either attack it two ways, you can keep him pitching or, like [Logan], you can give him some time off and it worked out pretty good.''

Logan did not pitch for 13 days after experiencing "dead arm'' March 4. He pitched his first inning Thursday night, allowing no runs and two hits against the Rays, but showed up Friday morning complaining of back spasms.

"Back spasms usually mean four to five days,'' Girardi said. "They're no fun, I know that.''

There was also some good bullpen news. Joba Chamberlain, sidelined for a week with an oblique strain, is scheduled to throw in the bullpen Saturday, and Sergio Mitre, down with a similar injury, pitched three innings Friday against the Blue Jays in relief of A.J. Burnett.

Burnett was hit on the upper part of his right buttock by Juan Rivera's liner in the first inning of Friday's game. The right-hander said there was initial pain, but added the bruise didn't bother him too much during his four-inning outing.

"It hurt, man," Burnett said. "I never saw it."

Girardi expects Burnett will be ready to make his next start.

"You worry, a little bit, about him getting a little stiff now," Girardi said. "By the time it's his turn, he should be fine."

Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner left Friday's game against Toronto after being thrown out trying to score from second on a third-inning single.

Gardner fouled a ball off his right shin, bruising it, in Thursday night's game, and was not running at full speed in the game with the Blue Jays.

"The clutch was slipping," Gardner said jokingly. "I'm good. I'm not worried about it. Just a little swollen. Just a little bruise."

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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