Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo has started to swing a bat again, but his return isn’t expected until mid-September.

Gallo swung lightly off a tee on Friday as he continues his recovery from July 25 surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand.

“It’s good, but, in my opinion, it’s still a couple of weeks away from taking a full swing against pitchers,” Gallo said. “It’s improving every day, but it just takes time.”

The Rangers believe there is still enough time left in the season for Gallo to get back on the field. He just wants to be smart about it.

“Obviously, I want to get back out there and play,” Gallo said, “but I want to make sure I am healthy and can play to my full capability. That’s most important. I don’t want any setbacks, but I think I’m going to be able to play before the season is over. That’s the hope.”

Gallo was enjoying his best season before going on the injured list. He was hitting .253 with 22 home runs, 49 RBIs, a .389 on-base percentage and a .986 slugging percentage. He also missed three weeks in June with a strained left oblique muscle and has played in just 70 games.