NEW YORK – Injured New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to take an important step in his rehabilitation process on Monday and could soon begin throwing again.
“We said three weeks was the mark,” Yankee manager Joe Girardi said, and it has been three weeks since the 25-year-old Japanese right-hander received a platelet-rich plasma injection — part of the treatment that the team hopes will allow him to avoid surgery to address the torn ligament in his right elbow.
Girardi, speaking before the Yankees’ 8-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, said Tanaka saw his doctor on Friday and would be seen again on Monday and told whether he could begin to play catch.
ESPN.com, citing an unnamed source, said the team had already decided that Tanaka would throw the ball on Monday, but Girardi didn’t confirm that.
“Catch or no catch — those are the options,” Girardi said.
Tanaka, in his first season in the majors, was leading the American League with 12 wins when he was injured, but his level had dropped off in his last four starts. He was knocked out of a game for the first time in his major league career on July 8 when he surrendered five runs in 6⅔ innings against Cleveland.
Even if he can begin throwing this week, Tanaka will be weeks away from returning to play.
He inked a seven-year deal worth $155 million with the Yankees after an unbeaten 24-0 campaign last year for the Japan Series champion Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
Goldschmidt’s year over
Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is going to miss the rest of the season because of a broken left hand.
Manager Kirk Gibson announced the news Sunday, two days after Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh reliever Ernesto Frieri.
Gibson put Goldschmidt’s rehabilitation timetable at eight weeks, with the season ending in late September. No surgery is expected.
Goldschmidt hit .300 with 19 home runs and 69 RBIs this season. A two-time All-Star, he led the NL with 125 RBIs last year and tied for the league lead with 36 homers while batting .302.
Goldschmidt turns 27 next month.
The Diamondbacks used Mark Trumbo at first base on Sunday and will rotate players at the position over the rest of the season.
“A little bit of a trial and error to see how it works,” Gibson said. “It’s going to be hard to replace Goldy over there with what he brought us with his consistency.”
Rangers acquire Carp
The Texas Rangers have acquired first baseman-outfielder Mike Carp on a waiver claim from the Boston Red Sox.
The Rangers announced the move after their 4-3 loss in 12 innings at Cleveland on Sunday.
Texas also transferred right-handed pitcher Alexi Ogando from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
The 28-year-old Carp batted .198 with no homers and nine RBIs in 42 games for Boston this season.