The New York Yankees have placed center fielder Harrison Bader on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain, the team announced Tuesday evening. This is unfortunate news for the Yankees, as Bader had been off to a promising start this season, with a .267/.295/.511 batting line and six home runs in 26 games. With the loss of Bader, the Yankees will now look to their other outfielders for production in center.
Bader had been relatively durable over his five big league seasons, having only missed four weeks due to plantar fasciitis in 2022. He had also been an important part of the Yankees outfield rotation prior to his injury, playing alongside Aaron Judge and Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the middle of the diamond. Though the Yankees have a few other players in their system who could potentially fill in for Bader, having someone with his level of experience in the outfield will surely be missed in the coming weeks.
While the loss of Bader may seem like a setback for the Yankees, the team does have some reinforcements on the horizon. Josh Donaldson (hamstring) and Tommy Kahnle (biceps) are expected to return later this week, while Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) should be ready come next week. Having these three players back in the lineup should provide a much needed boost to the Yankees offense, which has struggled to find consistency this season.
All in all, losing Harrison Bader to the injured list is a tough blow for the Yankees, but they are in a better position than they would have been in without his offensive contributions this season. With the impending returns of Donaldson, Kahnle, and Stanton on the horizon, the Yankees have given themselves a chance to stay competitive as they fight for a playoff spot this season.