Yankees’ Harrison Bader may join Yankees by Sept. 20

If all goes properly, the Yankees might be able to mud off a brand new middle fielder on Sept. 20.

Harrison Bader, who has not performed a sport with the Yankees since he was acquired from the Cardinals within the Jordan Montgomery commerce, is anticipated to begin a rehab project Sunday with Double-A Somerset.

Supervisor Aaron Boone stated Bader, who has been out since late June with plantar fasciitis, will likely be Somerset’s designated hitter Sunday in Hartford, Conn., then will start outfield work Tuesday.

“It’ll in all probability be no less than per week,” the supervisor stated Saturday earlier than the Yankees beat the Rays, 10-3, in The Bronx. “However then if we get via that week, and the build-up goes high-quality, he might be in play once we begin the homestand [Sept. 20 against the Pirates].”

Bader stated there may be “undoubtedly discomfort” in his proper foot, however he has been instructed he can’t additional injure the foot by enjoying on it. The Yankees acquired the reigning NL Gold Glove middle fielder figuring out they must anticipate Bader to get wholesome, however they noticed his protection as an eventual solution to spell Aaron Choose in middle.

Harrison Bader works out within the outfield earlier than the Yankees’ 10-3 win over the Rays.
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The extended struggles of Aaron Hicks — and simply concerning the entirety of the Yankees’ offense other than Choose — makes any hitter welcome, even when Bader won’t be prepared but.

“I’m not making an attempt to get my timing again. I’m not making an attempt to really feel comfy within the field,” stated Bader, who posted a .673 OPS in 72 video games with St. Louis. “I’m simply making an attempt to go and simply perceive that I can bodily do one thing so I can come up right here and play ball.”

Montgomery has gone 5-0 with a 1.45 ERA in seven begins for a Cardinals membership that’s working away with the NL Central. Bader, who stated he solely has been getting reps in middle subject, has needed to watch his new membership with out with the ability to assist.

“It’s undoubtedly irritating. I’d say it’s tougher than something although,” stated Bader, who was looking for the intense facet. “I’m comfortable that I now have a brand new set of instruments to discover ways to handle my ft correctly to verify this by no means occurs once more.”

The Bronxville native has been a Yankee for practically six weeks and has not been capable of swimsuit up, however he believes the wait will likely be over quickly.

If he returns Sept. 20, he would have 16 common season video games left to make a distinction.

“I couldn’t be extra excited. I couldn’t be extra optimistic,” the 28-year-old stated. “I can’t wait to be in pinstripes lastly. It’s been so lengthy.”

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