The Yankees hope outfielder Aaron Judge can take batting practice toward the end of this week when the team returns home to Yankee Stadium, manager Aaron Boone said prior to Sunday's game.
Judge has continued to hit in the batting cages and field fly balls in the outfield over the past few days as he looks to return from a fractured wrist that has kept him out since late July.
"I think that's possible, that he will get out on the field one of those days," Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "I gotta look at the schedule with (team trainer) and him, but I think that's the next progression. He's hit in the cage, think there is a chance might get to the field in Minnesota, but I've gotta look."
Judge hasn't appeared in a game since July 26, when he was hit in the wrist with a 93 mph fastball. He said he still feels some pain in his wrist, but added that it has improved.
"I'm confident how it's feeling right now,'' Judge said, according to the North Jersey Record's Pete Caldera. "I was confident from when it first happened. ... I'm just excited to get closer, I'm one step closer every day."
Though he has missed six and a half weeks with an injury the team initially thought would keep him out three, Judge has progressed significantly over the past few days.
"He came out of yesterday really strong so, again the fact that he continues to bounce back as we bump up the workload has been really encouraging," Boone said. "He has a little extra pep in his step, think he's excited about how he's really starting to feel it."
The Yankees entered play Sunday 7 1/2 games back of the Red Sox for the division lead with 20 games remaining in the regular season. They are 23-17 since Judge went on the disabled list.
The 26-year-old Judge was hitting .285 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIs in 99 games before suffering the injury.