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Tyler Austin set to begin rehab stint in Tampa

The New York Yankees could be inching closer to welcoming back Tyler Austin to the fold, as the first baseman and outfielder is set to begin his rehab stint after suffering a foot fracture just before the start of spring training.

Austin, 25, notably homered in his first career plate appearance a season ago (and was followed up in identical fashion by teammate Aaron Judge), and played 31 games in the major leagues in 2016.

During his cup of coffee in the Bronx last season, Austin slashed .241/.300/.458 with five homers, three doubles and 12 RBI. 

He spent time primarily at first base, but also played in left field, right field and served as the designated hitter.

Austin was placed on the 60-day disabled list on April 2, but faced live pitching earlier this week, and is expected to join the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees on Friday in his first return to game action since his injury, according to a report from Antonio Mendes.

Stay tuned to YES Network for the latest injury updates on Austin, and catch the Yankees on FS1 as they battle the Royals Thursday night in Kansas City.