Harrison Bader takes center stage as Yankees’ starter tonight

Yankees player Harrison Bader holding a bat at Yankees Stadium
Amanda Paula
Tuesday June 20, 2023

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The hard-throwing Harisson Bader will be a New York Yankees starter against the Seattle Mariners tonight. This announcement was displayed by coach Aaron Boone during his weekly talk on the Talkin’ Yanks Podcast on Tuesday morning.

The information came out just two days after Bader sent a text message affirming his willingness to rejoin the Yankees. This reached following his participation in two rehab games with the Somerset Patriots in Minor League Baseball.

What happened to Harrison Bader?

Yankees player Harrison Bader holding a bat.
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Harrison Bader had been sidelined due to a hamstring injury and was initially expected to make his comeback over the weekend against Boston. However, the Yankees gave him more at-bats before activating him for the game.

The Yankees took the opportunity to make a statement via their social media channels, while also announcing the anticipated return of Carlos Rodon – who is set to take the field tonight for Double-A Somerset.

In addition, Aaron Boone confirmed that Giancarlo Stanton would serve as the designated hitter on Tuesday night, despite speculation about the possibility of him playing in the outfield during this series.

Yankees fans are thrilled with Harrison Bader’s comeback

Harrison Bader ready to play for the New York Yankees
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It took 10 days for Yankees fans to eagerly await Harrison Bader’s return to the field. The announcement of his comeback sparked celebrations across Twitter.

Despite concerns expressed by some regarding his injury history, Harrison Bader’s remarkable performance and potential outweighed any doubts.

During the 2023 regular season, Harisson Bader has undoubtedly made his presence felt for the Yankees. In just 90 at-bats, he has left an indelible mark by contributing 14 runs, 24 hits (including 6 home runs), and driving in 19 runs. Not only has he excelled at the plate, but Bader’s speed on the base paths is also evident, stealing 6 bases. His offensive output is reflected in his impressive .267 batting average , and an OPS of .806.

Despite the return of Harrison Bader, the Yankees are also striving to rediscover their winning path, the team from the Bronx is determined to succeed over the Mariners tonight. Bader’s rehab potentially serves as a good sign for the Pinstripes Nation.

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