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Yankees Camp Notes: Logan and Hughes get work in on a busy Saturday

03/16/2013 11:36 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Phil Hughes threw another side session on Saturday.(AP)
A pair of split-squad games means a busy Saturday for the Yankees, but there was a lot of action in camp even before first pitch of the afternoon tilt with the Phillies.

Lefty Boone Logan threw live batting practice this morning, and said that his elbow feels “fantastic” and much better than it did a week or so ago. Logan did say he’s still aware there’s some lingering inflammation in there, but it’s not pain and he doesn’t feel it at all when he pitches, so he’s hopeful his next appearance will come in a live game.

“I’m sure I’ll have a couple days off and then we’ll go from there, but I feel good,” Logan said.

Another rehabbing pitcher, righty Phil Hughes, threw a side session Saturday morning and it appeared all was well, but Hughes was just re-entering the clubhouse when it was closed to media so he did not speak to reporters. Adam Warren also threw a side session, and he will make a pair of starts for the Yankees next week (Tuesday and Sunday).

Speaking of those upcoming pitchers, Joe Girardi has set his rotation through next Sunday’s home game with the Rays; Warren will throw Tuesday in Clearwater against the Phillies and then go again Sunday, with Vidal Nuno going Wednesday vs. Boston, David Phelps Thursday vs. Minnesota, Ivan Nova Friday at the Twins, and Andy Petttite Saturday at the Tigers.

CC Sabathia will throw in a Minor League game Wednesday and Hiroki Kuroda will do the same Friday; Sabathia is being held out to again avoid facing a division rival, while it’s likely Kuroda is being kept in Tampa to both keep Nova on schedule and avoid having to make the long trip to Fort Myers in the second half of a night-day, home-and-home duet with Minnesota.

As for some banged up position players, outfielder Slade Heathcott, who is battling patella tendinitis in his left knee, says he’s feeling better and hopes to return to action soon, but the team is being cautious and he isn’t sure when he’ll be cleared.

Heathcott also missed some time earlier this spring with a sprained thumb, which he said didn’t bother him at all anymore, and despite the setbacks the former first-round pick has had a “great experience” in Major League camp.

“It’s an honor to be up here, and I’ve learned so much just by being here,” Heathcott said. “Hopefully I can get back on the field and contribute again soon.”

Ronnier Mustelier, who left Friday’s game with multiple contusions to his legs after crashing into the dugout fence, walked into the Yankees clubhouse this morning a little stiffly and gingerly, but said through an interpreter that there’s only a bit of inflammation in his legs and no other injuries.

Mustelier has seen time at third base and in the outfield this spring and has impressed Joe Girardi, and the 28-year-old Cuban said he will be off the next two days but hopes to be good to go by Tuesday – a timetable that echoes what Girardi said about him following Friday’s game.

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