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Logan debuts, feels in midseason form

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Left-hander Boone Logan made his spring debut Tuesday against the Phillies, allowing one hit while striking out two in a scoreless fifth inning at Bright House Field.

"That's what I was expecting. I wanted to go out there and get the job done," said Logan, who had been sidelined by a sore left elbow. "I wasn't going to have the first game be an excuse to not get my job done. On top of that, it does feel extra good to go out there and get a couple strikeouts, to do well against lefties."

Logan expected he'll feel some "typical soreness" on Wednesday, but he hasn't felt any pain in quite some time. He admitted that he might have to ice his arm every day he pitches, which he never used to do. But he has done it this spring, thinks it's helped and figures he'll stick with it once the regular season begins.

With his first outing out of the way, Logan has about two weeks to get ready for the season, enough time for him to make about four more Grapefruit League appearances. In his mind, that's enough time to be available should manager Joe Girardi call his name on Opening Day.

"If I can stay the way I'm feeling right now, I'll be in good shape," Logan said.

Logan shrugged off the idea that his 2012 workload -- he pitched 55 1/3 innings over an American League-leading 80 appearances -- may have contributed to his soreness this spring. And Girardi said he believes he'll be able to use the lefty just as often this season as he did last year, if necessary.

Logan didn't expect to have any limitations placed on him this year, either. And if he feels like he did Tuesday, he said, he won't need any.

"It's a little premature, but I felt midseason today," Logan said. "That was the first game back, also, so it could probably change the next couple games. I'll probably settle down a little bit."

Adam Berry is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.
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