Yankees reliever Boone Logan did not want to waste time. When he saw he was scheduled to appear in a simulated game on Tuesday, he suggested to pitching coach Larry Rothschild he wanted to test his once-sore left elbow in a live game.

Thus Logan made his Grapefruit League debut with a scoreless inning in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia. He faced four left-handed hitters. After Chase Utley singled, Logan got Ryan Howard to fly out, then struck out Domonic Brown and Laynce Nix.

“It felt great,” he said. “I felt nothing out there. I felt strong. I felt pretty locked in with my pitches. And it was fun again.”

Logan stayed positive about his condition after the game. He raised a few eyebrows here when he explained last week that he was throwing without pain, but still could tell there was some inflammation in his elbow. When asked on Tuesday when he last felt discomfort in his arm, Logan grinned for a moment.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I can’t remember. It’s been that long.”

The performance pleased manager Joe Girardi. He is still looking to assemble his bullpen for Opening Day. His other main lefty option, Clay Rapada, is still recovering from shoulder bursitis. So it was a positive development to see Logan.

“I thought his fastball was pretty good,” he said. “I thought his slider was pretty good, too. So to me, that was pretty positive.”