BALTIMORE -- Every day, the Yankees seem to set a new franchise record for the number of players used in one season. Today, they added No. 55 -- no, not Lyle Overbay -- but Mike Zagurski, a 30-year-old left-handed reliever, to take the role formerly occupied by Boone Logan, whose sore left elbow has not improved despite receiving a cortisone shot over the weekend.
"Logan's not getting better," GM Brian Cashman said before the game. "And we're not comfortable with just one left-hander at Joe's disposal late in a game."
Zagurski, who is listed as 6-feet tall and 240 pounds but looks shorter and heavier, was with the Yankees AAA affiliate in Scranton earlier in the year, but opted out and went to the Oakland A's. He opted out of that deal, too, on Sept. 1 and the Yankees called his agent last night to get him to Baltimore. He becomes the 55th player to wear a Yankees uniform this season.
Zagurski has appeared in 88 big-league games spread over parts of five seasons. He is expected to be used, along with Cesar Cabral, as a situational lefty late in games.
Logan, meanwhile, asked the Yankees to send an MRI done on his elbow last weekend to Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola to be re-evaluated. "He’s ruled out until I guess we say otherwise," Cashman said of Logan, who had appeared in 60 games and threw 38 2/3 innings before being shut down. "Right now, if you go zero to 10, he’s still stuck at zero. I don’t think hes made any progress. It’s concerning enough that we decided, let’s go get another lefty reliever, and try to give Joe as many weapons as possible to match up late in the game."
-- In better news, David Robertson threw 11 pitches in a bullpen session and said he was "very optimistic" that he'll be able to return to action tomorrow night. Roberson had been having some shoulder soreness and fatigue, but said he felt close to normal tonight.
"I understand why they want to give me the extra day, they don’t want to rush me back out there," he said. "Today was a good step forward. I cut the ball loose, and didn’t have any problems. So I’m very optimistic I’ll be available tomorrow."
-- It may be just paperwork, but the Yankees moved Travis Hafner (right rotator cuff) to the 60-day DL to make room on the roster for Zagurski. Since that means Hafner is not eligible to return to action until Sept. 27, his Yankees career is all but officially over. Hafner batted .205 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 81 games before being shut down on July 27.
-- Chris Stewart, who injured some ligaments in the top of his left foot on Sunday, felt well enough to return to the lineup tonight.
-- Ivan Nova is 5-2 with a 4.33 ERA in 11 career appearances (10 starts) vs. the Orioles. He is 2-0, 4.45 at Camden Yards. Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez is 2-2 with a 3.50 ERA in seven career starts against the Yankees.