"I'm running and testing it out right now, running the bases, and we think probably after our day off early next week, I'll be back in the lineup," the third baseman said. "Right now the hamstring feels all right; I've been running about 60 percent around the bases."
Braedyn Pruitt, the Yankees' 14th round pick this year out of Stetson University, went 3-for-4 June 19th against the Brooklyn Cyclones before his hamstring gave in and Yankee manager Mike Gillespie began to take notice.
He said his hamstring began to aggravate him during his final season at Stetson, in which he hit .345 with eight homers and 46 RBIs.
"The injury built probably a week before the season," Pruitt said. "I had pulled it a month ago in college and thought I had it better, but I guess it sort of got aggravated again leading up to the year."
"In the first game it was an obvious deterioration; you could see me and it looked like I was running on a wooden leg out there, so Gillespie knew I was hurting."
"Initially they just shut me down completely and let it heal, total rest, and then we started conditioning after about seven days, started doing some exercises, riding the bike, and now we're running on it, jogging on it, testing it, and seeing how it feels."
In a post-draft interview with PinstripesPlus, the third baseman said his greatest moment in baseball to date was getting drafted and earning the opportunity to play professional baseball — Pruitt admitted that he was very frustrated to be sidelined with an injury after just one day at work.
"I didn't know initially how long I was going to be out, and it turned into a long time," he said. "In college it was always, 'Are you ready to play?' and they want you to get out there. But here it's like they make sure you're ready to go, erring on the side of caution, which I guess is good. But really I just want to get out there as soon as possible."
Pruitt said the re-aggravation of the hamstring probably came as a result of a one-week break between the end of his NCAA Regionals at Stetson and the time of the draft.
"It didn't bother me in the last month of the season," he said. "And then I guess something I did in between school ball ending and me arriving in mini-camp in Tampa, it just sort of got a little tight on me. Then after my first couple at-bats in the first game it went out."
"I had that one-week layoff between when our season ended and when the draft was, and maybe just that little bit of inactivity built up for that shock when I put it to action again."
"I guess it never fully healed, and it was just a matter of time till it tightened back up," he said.
Pruitt has been resuming baseball activity over the last couple weeks to prepare him for his hopeful return to the Staten Island lineup next Wednesday or Thursday, when the team faces the Auburn Doubledays at home.
"Right now I'm trying to get as many swings in the cage as I can, trying to get my timing back, so that when I do get back out there I'm not struggling," the 22-year-old Pruitt said.
"I've got to get out there and get my timing back and into the swing of things. I'm not enjoying sitting on the bench and watching," he said.
Pruitt Hopes To Return Soon
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