Masahiro Tanaka, who is on the disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, will play catch at Yankee Stadium on Monday, a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews on Sunday.
Tanaka, who had a platelet-rich plasma injection on July 14, is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery and return to the Yankees this season. The 25-year-old, who signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees before the season, is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts and was an All-Star.
Manager Joe Girardi said before Sunday night's game in Boston that Tanaka had seen team doctors on Friday and will throw on Monday barring a setback in the morning.
"We'll see tomorrow what everyone wants to do with him, but as we said, three weeks is the mark," Girardi said. "[He told] his doctor he feels good, so we'll see what we do. We'll get home and talk and decide what we're going to do."
Even if all goes well, the Yankees are unlikely to get Tanaka back before September, Wallace reports.
- Chris Mascaro