New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka told WFAN that he experienced no pain after playing catch Monday for the first time since he partially tore an elbow ligament in early July.
Tanaka had a platelet-rich plasma injection three weeks ago.
The 25-year-old was examined by three doctors, who agreed that the tear was small enough to avoid Tommy John surgery.
Tanaka, who is out for the season, went 12-3 with a 2.51 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 18 starts over 129 1/3 innings.
Yankees place Phelps on DL
The New York Yankees placed right-handed pitcher David Phelps on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, the team announced Monday.
Phelps was removed from Sunday’s start against the Boston Red Sox after just two innings amid discomfort in his elbow.
Phelps is 5-5 with a 4.24 ERA over 108 1/3 innings this season.
The Yankees recalled right-handed reliever Matt Daley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Phelps’ roster spot.
Daley has a 4.85 ERA over 12 relief outings this season for New York.
Nats recall Souza, put McLouth on DL
The Washington Nationals recalled outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Triple-A Syracuse and placed outfielder Nate McLouth on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, the team announced Monday.
McLouth’s move is retroactive to Aug. 2. McLouth, 32, is 24-for-139 (.179) in 79 games (33 starts) this season. The Nationals’ primary left-handed bat off the bench has six doubles, one home run and seven RBIs this season.
Souza, who rejoins the Nationals for his second major league stint of the season, currently leads the International League in batting average (.354), on-base percentage (.435), slugging percentage (.601) and OPS (1.036).
In 91 games with Syracuse this season, Souza, 25, has collected 43 extra-base hits, including 23 doubles, two triples and 18 home runs. He has stolen 24 bases and been caught seven times.
During his first call-up this season, Souza was 1-for-8 (.125) with a walk and three strikeouts in nine plate appearances spanning eight games (one start).
Cubs to call up Baez
The Chicago Cubs plan to call up prospect Javier Baez on Tuesday at the Colorado Rockies.
Baez, one of the top minor league shortstops, recently moved over to second base. The Cubs already have a starting shortstop with Starlin Castro.
The 21-year-old overcame a slow start to the season and is batting .260 with 23 home runs in 103 games with Triple-A Iowa.
Last season, Baez hit .282 with 37 homers combined in high Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee.
Baez was the No. 9 overall pick by the Cubs in the 2011 draft.