Masahiro Tanaka was cleared to resume playing catch on Monday. He started at distance of about five meters and slowly expanded out to twenty meters. He threw the ball around twenty-five times at twenty meters and a total fifty over the entire session. He played catch with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/5/2014
Sponichi has posted a portion of his interaction with the media:
How do you feel after session?
I was excited beforehand. It was a good session since I was able to throw the ball for the first time in while.
How were you feeling before the session?
I wasn't really thinking too deeply about anything. It just felt like it had been a while. I wasn't particularly concerned.
How do you feel about your progress?
It wouldn't make sense to get hurt again, so my top priority health. Getting back as soon as possible is important, but I don't want to rush things and I want to be in good shape when I take [the mound].
Have you been keeping track of the team?
I've been watching the games. I watch every game hoping that they will win. My job right now is to keep myself in shape. I don't feel rushed.
Source: Sponichi 8/5/2014
From Newsday's Laura Albanese:
... "It's really light catch," Girardi said of Tanaka's day at the ballpark, which was made up of 25 60-foot throws on the Stadium's outfield grass. "There's still a really long ways to go. You have to plow through each step, really."
... "I'm very relieved," Tanaka said through his translator. "I think the plan is to increase the number of throws as well as the distance . . . I think it went well."
... Tanaka, who received his injection July 14, said then that he felt discomfort doing everyday movements. "It's hard to make an assessment" on whether skipping surgery was the best approach, Tanaka said Monday. "Today was actually my first day throwing . . . but [my] mindset is just to go forward -- keep positive and go forward."
Source: Newsday 8/4/2014
From the New York Post's Dan Martin:
... Tanaka is expected to play catch again Tuesday with more throws and from a longer distance, according to Girardi.
The pitcher and manager agreed they couldn't predict when he might return, although when the injury was discovered general manager Brian Cashman said late August would be the earliest Tanaka could come back.
... "It's obviously a positive he didn't feel anything [Monday], but as I said, it was a pretty light catch," Girardi said. "I think you have to get him on the mound to really see how he's doing."
Source: New York Post 8/4/2014