Giancarlo Stanton has looked good in batting practice | Mark Brown / .

New York Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames said outfielder and designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hopes to be ready when the season starts.

“It looks good,” Thames said of Stanton. “I think his swing is where it needs to be. We have been hitting on machines and batting practice on the field. He is a professional and works hard. I think his teammates are very excited about that. “

Starter James Paxton, who is recovering from back surgery, has taken advantage of rehab to make some changes to his pitching.

“I am trying to hold the ball differently, with less contact on my thumb, to give the ball more effect, ” Paxton told The New York Post this week.

Rumors have surfaced that the Yankees (and the Mets, too) are preparing to resume spring training in Florida in mid-June.

Aaron Judge, Stanton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andújar, Mike Ford, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres and Tyler Wade are still working in Tampa. The left-handed J.A. Happ has also been training at the facility since late April.