Wil Myers Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego Padres outfielder and first baseman Wil Myers took on-field batting practice for the first time in three weeks Wednesday, and could be nearing a return from the 15-day disabled list.

“The last three or four days, he’s been anxious to get on the field and hit against a live arm and really swing the bat,” manager Bud Black said per the San Diego Union-Tribune. “What we saw today is really, really encouraging.”

Myers hasn’t taken on-field batting practice since May 12 in Seattle, when he aggravated the left wrist injury that has kept him on the disabled list.

He missed significant time with the Tampa Bay Rays last season because of an injury to the same wrist.

Before hitting the disabled list, Myers was batting .291 with five homers and 28 runs, batting mostly out of the leadoff position.

Myers spent most of his time (28 games) in centerfield, but spent three games at first base right before his injury, due the ailing shoulder of Yonder Alonso.

According to the Union-Tribune report, Myers may still be more than a week away from a rehab assignment, and at least two weeks from big-league action.

He is expected to take batting practice Friday in Cincinnati, as the Padres take on the Reds in a three-game series.

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