TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees' bullpen is battling a round of Spring Training aches, as left-handers Pedro Feliciano and Boone Logan have been sidelined by minor ailments.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Friday that Feliciano is getting extra rest because of soreness near his left triceps. Feliciano has not pitched since March 9.
Logan had been sidelined due to a dead arm, but returned to throw a scoreless inning on Thursday against the Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. But Girardi said that Logan is now experiencing back spasms.
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"As long as they're just back spasms, it's usually just four or five days," Girardi said. "They're no fun, I know that."
The Yankees have also been handling injury issues with hurlers Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre, who were kept out of action this week by oblique issues.
Chamberlain is scheduled to throw a bullpen at the Yankees' complex on Saturday, as is Feliciano. Mitre is slated to pitch in Friday's exhibition against the Blue Jays.
Gardner exits game with bruised shin
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was taken out of Friday's 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays with a bruised right shin.
Gardner said he suffered the injury fouling a ball off himself in his first at-bat on Thursday against the Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Though he had believed he was ready to play Friday, Gardner said the injury slowed him while racing for the plate on a Curtis Granderson single in the third inning.
"When I tried to score from second, they could tell I was favoring it," Gardner said. "They just didn't want me to favor that and pull something else."
The speedster was thrown out at the plate by Toronto right fielder Juan Rivera on a play he normally might be safe on.
"I was going hard, but I couldn't get out of third gear," Gardner said. "That was it. I was stuck. The clutch was slipping."
Gardner said that he is not concerned about the bruise, though he did wear a shin guard for the first time on Friday to protect against further injury.
Yanks' Batista suspended 50 games
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Yankees Minor League pitcher Eliseo Batista was among five players who tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Batista, a member of the Yankees' Dominican Summer League roster, tested positive for a metabolite of Boldenone and received a 50-game suspension effective at the beginning of the season.
Ruben Mejia of the Padres, Jose Williams of the Reds, and Marcos Coca and Daniel DelaCruz of the Phillies were also hit with 50-game bans.
The suspensions were announced on Friday by the Commissioner's Office.
Sergio Mitre returned to game action after being sidelined with a mild oblique issue. Mitre allowed a two-run homer to Toronto's Mike McCoy in three innings of work. ... The Yankees plan to announce their No. 2 starter on Saturday, deciding between Phil Hughes (4.20 ERA in 15 innings) and A.J. Burnett (2.77 ERA in 13 innings). ... Jorge Vazquez was 1-for-1 on Friday and leads the team with a .483 (14-for-29) batting average. Still, the Yankees appear more likely to carry Eric Chavez as a reserve corner infielder because of his superior defense.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.