"It's definitely getting better day to day," Barmes said. "Dry swinging today, it was still sore and I could still feel it, but it's getting stronger. I can do a lot more with my hand in the weight room and can grip more things. It's definitely heading in the right direction.
"It's not there where I could start hitting off somebody throwing a ball to me. Hopefully, that's a couple of days away. Right now, we're taking it day to day for the most part. I'm pushing it pretty good and this is one thing I was looking forward to, was grabbing a bat and seeing how it was."
Barmes tipped his cap to Angel Sanchez, who has done a nice job filling in for him at shortstop. Sanchez entered Monday hitting .364 in 33 at-bats and led the team with four multi-hit games.
"I'm very happy for him and for us that he's stepped up, which isn't that surprising," Barmes said. "He can play the game. I saw him this spring, played with him all spring and I got see firsthand. He comes in and gets his work in and I couldn't be happier for him right now."