Harrison Bader finally looks set to make his Yankees debut, as manager Aaron Boone told reporters (including Christie Eckert of the New York Daily News) that bad”potentialGet activated from the injured list for 60 days before Tuesday’s game against the Pirates. Bader played the sixth game of a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset today.
Bader’s last Major League appearance was back on June 26, before he was sidelined due to plantar fasciitis on his right leg. When Badr was still recovering, Yankees still acquired In return from the Cardinals on the trade deadline Jordan Montgomery, The swap has already become infamous in the eyes of many Bronx fans, given that Bader has yet to take the field for New York while Montgomery has done well in St.
The Yankees’ 24-30 record since the All-Star break has caused some general unrest among the fanbase, though the team still has a 5.5-game lead in the AL East. If Bader recovers and is able to play at his normal level, little can be predicted given Bader’s proven defensive excellence. He is the NL Gold Glove winner in center field, and even with his foot problems hampering his game this season, Bader still has a +9.6 UZR/150 and +6 outs Above average is over 588 2/3 innings.
The offense is a bit too much of a question mark for Bader, who reduced to .256/.303/.370 in 264 plate appearances with the Cardinals this season. But, it is also quite possible that the injury affected Bader at the plate as well, as he was an above average hitter (111 wRC+) in both 2020 and 2021.
Badar elaborated on his health condition in an interview Ken Rosenthalu of The Athletic Earlier this week, he said that his foot problem first arose during spring training. Between plantar fasciitis and inflammation of the bone marrow edema, Bader had to cut down an early rehab assignment in July (back when he was still a Cardinal) after a minor league game. Now, Bader believes he is ready to return, even though his right leg is still there.”a little uncomfortable,
Aaron JudgeThe one-season all-timer has helped Pepper on a Yankees outfield that has struggled all the way, with the judge also finding some time in center field instead of his usual spot in right field. Aaron Hicks and now-trade Joy Gallo both conflict, and deadline pickup Andrew Benintendi Played only 33 games in the first pinstripe undergo hammett surgeryPutting Benintendi’s availability in doubt for the rest of the regular season.
The Yankees have delivered their outfield needs Giancarlo Stanton some time in the right field, and they have also turned into a wide range of experienced and young players (ie Miguel Anduzari, esteven floriel, Marvin Gonzalez, team locastro, oswaldo cabrera, Matt Carpenter) to eat a few shifts on the grass. In theory, Bader would play almost every day, although he would find some rest against a few right-handed pitchers to help him manage any lingering leg soreness after missing so many of the season.
This leaves less play time for everyone else, including Hicks. Even after two hits and a home run in today’s win over the Brewers, Hicks is batting only .216/.327/.308 at 420 PA this season. While the outfielder has been healthy after injury for several years, he has not shown his aggressive form in his first four seasons in New York (123 WRC+ from 2017-20), when he was able to play.
Hicks is owed $30.5MM from 2023-25, but there is already speculation that the Yankees may want to move forward if the trade can be arranged. For his part, Hicks acknowledged the struggles in an interview. Dan Martin of the New York PostSaying “Things are tough in New York. I don’t have answer. If they think it’s not right for me, it’s their call. If I go to another team, I know I can help them win,
Hicks has no problem setting aside for Bader, saying “i hope [Bader] Come in and start playing every day as he should. He traded here to help us win. We need to be ourselves to win the World SeriesThat said, Hicks also felt that his struggles were not helped by a lack of playing time: “When I play a game it’s very tough and then I’m off for three days and now there’s another outfielder… Right now, I think the more I play, the better I play. It’s not happening now,
It all adds up to a tough catch-22 for Hicks – he may not have been able to hit better without steady batsmen, and yet his lack of production isn’t making the case for that regular playing time. Looking to 2023, Hicks said that after losing weight last season due to wrist surgery, he plans to add some bulk.
,I wanted to be fast and healthy, but I’m playing at 200 pounds, right. I’m not hitting the ball the way I wanted,” Hicks said.It really showed, with my potency dwindling. I wanted to be quick and it ain’t working that way,