According to the Antonio Mendes of Pinstriped Prospects, Austin is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with the Tampa Yankees. The 25-year-old has been sidelined since February with a fracture in his foot, which occurred just prior to the start of spring training.
Earlier in the week, Austin took live batting practice for the first time since suffering the injury. He is expected to return to game action on Friday when he joins the organizations Class-A Advanced affiliate.
Once he’s ready to return to full action, Austin has a chance to make an impact on the big league roster. In 31 games with the Bronx Bombers last season, he posted a slash line of .241/.300/.458. He also hit five home runs during his stint in the Bronx, one of which came in his first MLB at-bat.
With the ability to play first base, third base, and both corner outfield positions, Austin also provides some much needed versatility for the big league club down the stretch as they battle for a playoff spot.
More updates on Austin’s rehab stint will be provided. Continue to follow the Bronx Pinstripes team for all the latest news and updates surrounding Austin and the New York Yankees.