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Clint Frazier to begin rehab stint with Thunder

Trenton kick off their 2017 playoff run against Binghamton Wednesday night

As the New York Yankees battle their way through the final month of the regular season, it appears as though they'll soon be getting a key outfield contributor back in the lineup soon.

Clint Frazier, celebrating his 23rd birthday on Wednesday, is set to join the Double-A Trenton Thunder for the beginning of a rehab stint as he recovers from a left oblique strain, Joe Girardi told the media on Tuesday.

Frazier could return to the Yankees as early as next week, Girardi said, after last playing on August 8 before suffering the oblique strain.

The right-handed rookie outfielder has shown major promise in his short MLB stint thus far, slashing .243/.274/.477 with eight doubles, three triples, four homers, 17 RBI and 12 runs scored. He even notched his first career walk-off blast back on July 8 against the Brewers.

Frazier is the second-ranked prospect in the Yankees organization per MLB.com, and when healthy, he's forced the Bombers to find playing time for him with his extra-base power, excellent speed on the base paths and his solid defense. Among Yankees hitters, Frazier's isolated power mark (ISO) of .234 ranks third on the team, behind only Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez (min. 20 G).

Frazier has yet to play a game in a Thunder uniform yet; when he landed with the Yankees in return for the Andrew Miller deal, Frazier went straight to the Triple-A RailRiders. He'll be suiting up against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies as Trenton kicks off their 2017 playoff run on Wednesday night.