Yankees 1B Greg Bird is progressing as he works his way back from a bone bruise in his ankle.
Bird, who is rehabbing the injury in Tampa, took live batting practice on Monday and is set to begin playing rehab games on Thursday, according to the NY Daily News.
He took dry swings last Monday at Yankee Stadium and advanced to hitting off a tee last Tuesday.
"It felt good today. Felt really good," he told the Daily News after Monday's session. "I just want to be back," Bird said. "Feel good, sooner than later. So whatever I have to do. Exactly (when), I don't know."
Bird has been out since May 1 due to the bone bruise in his ankle.
He is hitting .100 with one home run and three RBI this season.