The Yankees won't have pitcher James Paxton when the team breaks camp in a few weeks, after the left-hander underwent surgery earlier this month to remove a peridiscal cyst.
But manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the starting pitcher could re-join the team sometime in May.
"Paxton is on track to start throwing in the next 10 days or so," Boone said on the radio broadcast of Saturday's spring training game against the Blue Jays. "I think there is a really good chance that he'll be ready sometime in May. He's doing well and we're excited about where he's at."
That timeframe matches up with what Paxton said he was expecting when he reported to Spring Training last weekend.
"It's all going to depend on how things go in this rehab process," Paxton said last week. "They told me 4-6 weeks before I can start throwing, so if we're on the closer side of that, that's going to put me two weeks closer to being on the mound. I'm thinking that I'll be back in a big league game some time in May."
The 31-year-old had a difficult offseason as he and team doctors attempted to pinpoint what was ailing the pitcher, who signed a one-year contract extension in the offseason to avoid salary arbitration.
"I'm feeling really good right now," Paxton said. "The nerve pain that was there before isn't there anymore. Now it's just about getting my body moving again and we're adding new stuff every day."