Former Florida Gator and current New York Yankees outfielder Harrison Bader is back on the injured list with a hamstring strain. The center fielder suffered the right hamstring injury on Monday night while running to first base.
— Pinstripe Strong (@PinstripeStrong) May 30, 2023
Bader Receives Injury Update
The former Gator is on the 10-day IL but has no timetable for a return. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the injury to be a low-grade strain that could keep him out for multiple weeks.
Harrison Bader’s hamstring strain is “low grade,” and he’ll be out at least “a couple of week,” Aaron Boone said.
— Bryan Hoch ⚾️ (@BryanHoch) May 31, 2023
A Successful Career with the Gators
Long Injury History
For Bader, this is just one of multiple injuries he has suffered in his career. The 28-year-old has struggled to remain healthy and is constantly in and out of the lineup. Bader has only played in 531 of 764 possible regular seasons games from 2018-2023. When the Yankees acquired him from the St. Louis Cardinals at the 2022 trade deadline, Bader was on the injured list with plantar fasciitis.
Harrison Bader was removed from last night's game in the 3rd inning with hamstring tightness.@martinonyc, @Jim_Duquette and @sal_licata discuss the impact he's made this season for the #Yankees and what his injury history could mean for his upcoming free agency. pic.twitter.com/OwrOkOf7cx
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) May 30, 2023
Bader was set to play for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic in March, but dropped out in hopes of remaining healthy for the MLB season. The center fielder then missed most of Spring Training and the start of the 2023 season with an oblique strain he suffered on March 8.
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) March 10, 2023
Hot Start to the Season
Before his hamstring injury on Monday, Bader was batting .267 with six home runs in just 26 games since making his season debut on May 2.
Bader’s defense this season has also been stellar. He is currently second among all center fielders with five outs above average, according to CBS Sports.
Bader just makes plays look so easy pic.twitter.com/eF9w7FpMBv
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) May 23, 2023
The Yankees hope to have Bader back soon, as he has been impactful on offense and defense and his loss will certainly be felt.