Logan pitches an inning in first rehab outing

Logan pitches an inning in first rehab outing

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Although his first rehab appearance did not exactly go smoothly, left-hander Boone Logan (left elbow inflammation) said he felt strong after his outing with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday.

Logan took over for the recently optioned right-hander Juan Nicasio in the seventh inning. He began by serving up a pop fly to Iowa Cubs second baseman Arismendy Alcantara that kept floating until it found its way over the right-field fence.

"That's just this ball park," Logan said of the hitter-friendly Security Service Field. "That was a fly ball to right, and it just kept going. I was laughing out there about it."

After inducing a soft grounder for the first out, Logan looked as if he would get another until Javier Baez's ground ball sneaked under the glove of shortstop Rafael Ynoa.

It was ultimately ruled a hit, but Logan did not let things compound. Logan got a fly to right and a lineout to second to end the inning, with a walk to Kris Bryant coming in between.

"I didn't want to have to throw 22 pitches, but I feel pretty good," Logan said.

Logan will take a day or two off before his final rehab appearance with Triple-A Colorado Springs. Barring any setbacks, the plan was for Logan to meet the Rockies in Washington for their three-game series against the Nationals starting Monday.

Logan owns a 5.87 ERA with the big league club this season but has struck out 22 in 15 1/3 innings pitched.

Logan began the season on the disabled list as he recovered from surgery to remove a bone chip from his throwing elbow. He was activated on April 7 but was placed on the DL on June 5 after trying to pitch through continued soreness.

He signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Rockies this past winter.

On the other hand, Nicasio does not look to be any closer to rejoining the Rockies after Thursday's start. Making his second start since being optioned to Triple-A on June 16, Nicasio faced the minimum through his first three innings before allowing three doubles in the fourth. He finished his day with six earned runs on nine hits and two walks against five strikeouts.

Caitlin Swieca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.