Stanton, who has been sidelined because of a right quadriceps strain, tested the injury in a pregame workout and ran the bases Thursday at Yankee Stadium. New York manager Aaron Boone told reporters the team has seen improvement with Stanton's quad.
"Today, I felt like he was better," Boone said. "And probably for the first time [we] saw some improvement today, whether he's running 60 percent or whatever."
Boone said Stanton currently isn't an option in the outfield, but there is a possibility the team could use him at designated hitter. The Yankees skipper also said Stanton could potentially play Friday if his quad continues to improve.
Stanton hasn't played since Game 1 of the ALCS on Oct. 12. He sustained the injury while running out a ground ball single in the opening game of the series.
Stanton remained in the contest and belted a solo home run in the Yankees' 7-0 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. He is 3-for-10 with a homer and four walks across four games this postseason.
The Astros lead the Yankees 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. The winner will advance to play the Washington Nationals in the World Series.