9/18/2013 12:46 A.M. ET
Logan has bone spur, will finish year before surgery
By Chris Toman / Special to MLB.com
TORONTO -- Left-hander Boone Logan was diagnosed with a bone spur in his elbow by Dr. James Andrews on Monday, but will not be shut down for the season.
Logan, who has been dealing with discomfort in his elbow since Spring Training, intends to pitch through the ailment and undergo offseason surgery. Andrews reviewed a team MRI and performed a CT scan but found no additional damage to Logan's elbow, clearing him to continue pitching.
The 29-year-old Logan played long toss Tuesday and intends to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, with the hopes of returning to action for Friday's series opener against San Francisco.
"My mind is more at ease now, I'm not too worried about it," Logan said. "Just try to help this team try to get in the playoffs and worry about this when the season is over.
"I'm trying to speed this up. They said I can't hurt myself more than I am. It's OK to go back out there and keep going."
Manager Joe Girardi didn't guarantee that Logan would be back for Friday, but was optimistic that if he passed some hurdles over the next couple days, he would have the lefty for the start of the weekend series, New York's last homestand of the season.
"I think it's definitely a possibility," Girardi said. "After the bullpen [session], we will probably have a much better idea. If he can throw a bullpen [session] on Wednesday, Friday is realistic. I think if he can throw his bullpen [session], then he'll be able to pitch in a game, as long as he wakes up Thursday and feels OK."
Logan said he has dealt with the issue all season long and and it is something he feels more when throwing sliders. The amount of pitches he throws in a given game doesn't cause further problems, he said, but he has decided that offseason surgery is the best course of action.
"I'm tired of feeling like this. I could probably keep going with it but I think it's better to do sooner than later," Logan said about the surgery. "I think it's something I need to do now and be ready for next spring.
"It never hurt. It's one of those annoying feelings. It's one of those pains that you can tolerate it and you're not worried about going out and pitching. But when you feel it every single day of your life, it gets annoying, especially when you don't know what it is. Now knowing what it is, I can deal with it a lot easier, mentally."
The biggest worry, Logan said, is that he's an upcoming free agent and is concerned that the elbow could potentially be an impediment to a contract.
"That's the only thing that bothers me," he said.
Logan has made 60 appearances this season -- trailing only righty David Robertson for the team lead -- and entered play Tuesday with a 5-2 record, with 11 holds and a 3.26 ERA.
A-Rod likely to DH throughout Jays series
TORONTO -- Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who is nursing a tight right calf, was a game-time decision for Tuesday's opener against the Blue Jays, and was in the lineup as the team's designated hitter and batting second.
Rodriguez received some treatment prior to the game and told reporters he was feeling fine, but he was forced to pass a pregame hurdle before being cleared. The 38-year-old ran and took batting practice and was deemed ready to go, then went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Yankees' 2-0 loss.
With Toronto's turf playing surface, there is a good chance that Rodriguez will be limited to DH duties throughout the three-game set.
"I feel like if he can play, he can be productive," manager Joe Girardi said. "I don't know how much we will get out of him in the field. But I still think that if he feels like he can swing the bat, he can be productive.
"Maybe you get through a few days, and he feels a lot better."
Rodriguez entered Tuesday's contest batting .283 with a .385 on-base percentage, six homers and 14 RBIs in 36 games this season.
Romine's return from concussion delayed
TORONTO -- Catcher Austin Romine, who is still feeling the effects of a concussion he sustained last week, was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
Manager Joe Girardi thought that Romine had passed his concussion-related tests and was ready to return to action, but found out shortly after the team posted its lineup that the catcher was unable to play.
Chris Stewart started in place of Romine, who last played Sept. 10.
"He went through his drills and said he felt good," Girardi said. "I was under the assumption he was ready to go, but he's not quite ready to go. I should have asked."
It sounds like Romine will be ready shortly, possibly sometime this week, but Girardi will not rush him back into the lineup. Girardi said he was not available as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement, either.
"If he's not ready to start, I wouldn't play him," Girardi said.
J.R. Murphy, who has made just five at-bats over seven games, will continue to serve as New York's backup until Romine is ready to return to action.
Chris Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.