DENVER -- Hope and frustration will collide when Rockies left-hander Boone Logan pitches for Triple-A Colorado Springs on an injury rehab assignment Monday.
Logan was eligible Sunday to return from the 15-day disabled list, where he has been placed because of diverticulitis (a digestive ailment). It's part of a frustrating season for Logan, who signed a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the club during the offseason but has been on the DL twice because of elbow issues and now because of the digestive ailment.
At the end of last season with the Yankees, Logan (2-1, 6.11 ERA in 25 games) underwent surgery to remove bone chips and shave a bone spur in the elbow, so it was possible that he would struggle with elbow issues. Still, the interruptions for that and the digestive problem have been difficult.
"I haven't been on the DL my whole career and I sign a nice three-year deal to help the team, but get hurt the first year," Logan said. "It's very frustrating. It kills me even more because I get paid to pitch and I'm not pitching."
The digestive ailment flared in a strange manner. Logan was unavailable in Pittsburgh last weekend because of neck stiffness. But when the digestive ailment was discovered, Logan said doctors told him that ailments on one side of the midsection often lead to pain in the opposite neck-shoulder area.
For what it's worth, the benefit is that Logan's arm is rested.
"My arm feels the best it's felt in as long as I can remember," Logan said. "What makes it real frustrating is I'm on the DL for a couple of weeks with something else. You want to perform and help out your team."
Logan said after he pitches Monday, he will campaign to be activated immediately, but he doesn't know the team's plans. Manager Walt Weiss did not rule out bringing Logan back Tuesday, depending on how Monday goes.
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.