Giancarlo Stanton began the next phase of his comeback from a fractured hand when he resumed hitting Monday.
The Miami Marlins star, who broke the hamate bone in his left hand on a swing and has been on the disabled list since June 27, hit off a machine and live pitching, manager Dan Jennings said.
"He's in a hitting progression," Jennings said of Stanton before Monday's 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. "He'll start to hit off the machine and live batting practice. Then he'll progress into probably a simulation game and one or two rehab games. Time for that is to be determined."
Jennings discussed what will dictate a timetable for the 25-year-old's return.
"I think it has to do with the strength factor in his hands and wrist," Jennings said. "When you're a hitter and the strength is not there, it's tough to feel comfortable swinging the bat. You can be a little tentative.
"When he feels the strength is there, he'll step on the accelerator," Jennings added. "When he's healthy, he'll be back. I know he wants to finish on a positive note. I hope that can be sooner rather than later."
Stanton was hitting .265/.346/.606 with 27 home runs and 67 RBIs at the time of the injury. He entered the day tied for fourth in the National League in homers and tied for 12th in RBIs, despite having missed nearly two months.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.