It’s no secret that the New York Yankees have been hit hard by injuries in the 2023 season.
Every player they get back should be a reason to celebrate, and they are welcoming one back on Tuesday: center fielder Harrison Bader.
Bader had been out since March 10 with a strained left oblique.
Those injuries are tricky and often have high re-aggravation cases.
That’s in part why the Yankees made sure Bader took as much time as he needed to come back 100 percent healthy.
He was given a six-week timetable at the time, and is returning around the seven-week mark.
He says, however, that there will be no limitations for him regarding the ailment.
“Harrison Bader: ‘From my perspective, there’s no walking on eggshells. I’m fully capable of going out there and playing my brand of baseball for this team,'” Bryan Hoch, who covers the Yanks for MLB.com, tweeted after a chat with the former Gold Glover.
Harrison Bader: “From my perspective, there’s no walking on eggshells. I’m fully capable of going out there and playing my brand of baseball for this team.” #Yankees
— Bryan Hoch ⚾️ (@BryanHoch) May 2, 2023
Bader is capable of providing slightly above-average offense and some homers and stolen bases, on top of excellent defense in center.
He often goes all out, dives, and crashes against the wall.
It’s how he plays, and he says he is ready to do that at the MLB level.
Overall, he is an above-average center fielder and the Yankees are happy to get him back.
They are 15-15 and last in the AL East standings.
There is a lot of work to be done, but it’s nice to know he is finally healthy and will be a part of the team starting on Tuesday against the Cleveland Guardians.NEXT: The Yankees Have Fallen To Unfamiliar Territory