Yankees’ lineup gets a boost as Harrison Bader targets return for Red Sox series

Harrison Bader is practicing hitting at a Yankees training session.

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Harrison Bader‘s absence during the Subway Series is unfortunate, but there is hope that the Yankees will have him back in action for their upcoming clash against their arch-rivals the Red Sox.

Following a comprehensive pregame training session at Citi Field on Tuesday, Harrison Bader was on track to participate in a rehabilitation game with Double-A Somerset on Wednesday. The plan is for Harrison Bader to then rejoin the Yankees on Friday and take his place in the lineup for the opening game of their series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Boone expressed his optimism about Harrison Bader’s potential return during his pre-game interview on Tuesday prior to the Yankees’ 7-6 victory against the Mets. He mentioned that Harrison Bader is going through another full day of activities, and if he successfully completes it, the plan is for him to play one game with Somerset. The ultimate goal is to have Bader back in the lineup for the Friday game.

Despite Harrison Bader’s expressed hope to avoid a rehab stint last week, stating that he wouldn’t be of much help if he went on an assignment, the Yankees had a different perspective on the matter and decided to proceed with the rehab plan.

Harrison Bader has been sidelined since May 30 due to a strained hamstring, an injury he sustained while hustling down the baseline for an infield single against the Mariners. This is his second stint on the injured list this season, as he previously strained his oblique during spring training, causing him to miss the first month of the regular season.

During the period between his two injured list stays, Harrison Bader provided a boost to the Yankees by hitting .267 with six home runs and an impressive .806 OPS. Along with his offensive contributions, he also displayed exceptional defensive skills in center field.

During Harrison Bader’s time away from the team, the Yankees have filled the center field position with a rotation of players including Greg Allen (who later joined Bader on the injured list), Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and Billy McKinney.

Harrison Bader is sure to return but no clarity on Aaron Judge

A lack of clear information continued to surround Aaron Judge’s injury and the duration of his absence, ten days after he sprained his big toe by colliding with a concrete ledge at Yankee Stadium.

Hal Steinbrenner expressed uncertainty about Aaron Judge’s recovery timeline during the MLB owners’ meetings, stating, “I wish I had more information on that.”

Steinbrenner acknowledged the complexity of Aaron Judge’s injury, noting the rarity of such an injury in baseball and the lack of sufficient data to estimate a specific recovery timeline. He emphasized that each individual’s healing process is unique and can vary significantly.

When questioned about the possibility of Aaron Judge being sidelined until the All-Star break in July, Hal Steinbrenner expressed uncertainty. He stated that it was still four weeks away and he sincerely hoped that Judge would return before then. Steinbrenner mentioned that Judge’s condition has shown slight improvement every day without any setbacks. He emphasized the positive aspect that Judge’s discomfort has been gradually diminishing instead of worsening.

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