The Yankees are one step closer to Giancarlo Stanton's return to action.

New York has optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman back to Triple-A in preparation for the hulking slugger's activation on Tuesday.

Stanton hasn't appeared in a game since March 31 when he went down with a bicep injury. That quickly ballooned into a slew of other setbacks that hampered his repeated attempts to return to the big leagues.