Yankees’ Chris Stewart tests injury, runs bases

Chris Stewart was just running the bases here at Tropicana Field, testing that left groin strain that has kept him out of the Yankees’ lineup since May 16 against the Mariners.

It was pretty basic stuff – Stewart ran a few times from home plate to first base, and once from first to third.

More telling: He did so in front of an audience that included Joe Girardi, Rob Thomson, Steve Donohue and Tony Pena, so you know the Yankees are taking this seriously. They’ve been essentially going with one catcher, Austin Romine, for longer than you’d like to.

Stewart’s goal was to be back in the Yankees’ lineup here against the Rays, and you’re not exactly putting him in the lineup for his wheels. As long as he doesn’t tighten up or feel a twinge – he looked fine leaving the field – one would think he could return to action tonight.

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