The Colorado Rockies want the bullpen to be a strength again in 2014. In pursuit of that goal, they made aggressive moves to give themselves more options this off-season, in the back end of the ‘pen in particular.
Perhaps the splashiest of all those moves was the three-year, $16.3 million deal they gave to left-handed reliever Boone Logan. Now the Rockies just hope that Logan, the picture of sturdiness for the last four seasons or so, will be ready for Opening Day after having bone chips removed from his elbow this off-season.
Troy Renck reports that Logan is making progress and hopes to clear a key hurdle on Friday.
Boone Logan will throw live BP tomorrow. Without any setbacks w elbow believes will be ready for opening day #Rockies
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) March 13, 2014
As Logan rehabs and eases his way into to a normal workload, there is no reason for the Rockies to rush his timetable. Even with solid additions, there is still uncertainty surrounding guys like Matt Belisle, Wilton Lopez, and Adam Ottavino. The Rockies need Logan, Rex Brothers, and LaTroy Hawkins to be pictures of stability in their combination of set-up/closing roles for this plan to work in the bullpen.
For that the Rockies need Logan healthy. Hopefully tomorrow is a step in the right direction.