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Logan 'feels strong' after second bullpen session

Logan 'feels strong' after second bullpen session

DENVER -- Rockies lefty reliever Boone Logan threw a bullpen session on Friday, his second since being placed on the 15-day disabled list June 5 with right elbow inflammation.

Logan, who signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract during the offseason, underwent surgery to remove bone chips and a bone spur last October. Logan arrived at Rockies' Spring Training on a slowed-down schedule and joined the team a week into the season. He carried a 2.45 ERA through his first 13 appearances, but gave up runs in five of his last eight appearances before being placed on the DL with a 14.54 ERA and three home runs against in those games.

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Even at his best, Logan experienced pain, but it worsened and eventually diminished his effectiveness. Logan said the rest he's had since the injury has helped.

"I can deal with how I feel; I feel a lot better," Logan said. "I'm probably not going to feel 100 percent until well after the season is over, but where I feel right now, it's very doable. I feel strong. I don't know what my timetable is.

"My last outing, I knew I'd been scuffling and the pain was getting to the point where I was tired of feeling like that. It was weighing me down physically and mentally, and I was feeling restricted and not being myself out there on the field. I hadn't been helping the team out and I wasn't feeling to my standards. I thought about it hard that night driving home."

Logan's DL placement came at a time when the Rockies were struggling and so was the bullpen. He realized it was better to get healthy and rejoin when he feels better.

"When the team gets rolling, I want to be rolling right along with them," he said. "We'll see how it goes from here, but it's a lot better now."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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