New York Yankees relief pitcher Boone Logan has successful arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow on Thursday. Dr. David Andrews performed the procedure to remove a bone spur and Logan is expected to start throwing in December.
As reported by Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger, Logan's arm ached for most of this season. The initial discomfort appeared in the spring and never eased up. Because of the pain, it affected the effectiveness of his slider, which forced him to throw more fastballs.
Logan pitched into September with the problem before his arm gave out on September 6 against the Red Sox. He rested for almost three weeks and made his final appearance of the season on September 24.
“You can tolerate it, and you’re not worried about going out there and pitching,” Logan said in September. “But when you feel it every single day of your life, it gets annoying. Especially when you don’t know what it is.”Logan becomes a free agent this winter and there is questions as to whether or not the Yankees bring him back. He could be in line for a multi-year contract and could get more than Sean Burnett, who signed an $8 million contract over two years with the Angels last off season.
Logan has been an integral part of the Yankees bullpen the past four seasons. This season he was 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 61 games. He lead the league in appearances in 2012 with 80. Logan has a career record of 24-12 with a 4.39 ERA in 420 games.