Yankees 1B/OF Tyler Austin, who is dealing with a small fracture in his left foot, will soon enter the next phase of his rehab, which will entail having the foot in a walking boot.
He expects to return to playing in games at some point in May, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Austin was diagnosed with the fracture on Feb. 17 and was expected to be out for at least six weeks. He suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during batting practice.
The 25-year-old Austin hit .241 with a .300 OBP and .458 SLG with five HR and 12 RBI in 31 games for the Yankees in 2016, during what was his rookie season.
He had been expected to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster.