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New York Yankees Harrison Bader prepares to bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, in New York. AP

Injuries continue to wreak havoc in New York Yankees camp as Harrison Bader goes down for oblique testing.

The New York Yankees find themselves in a deep mess as key players of the opening day roster are lading on the injury list with just less than two weeks to the regular MLB season opening day. The pitching rotation and the entire defense lineup is the most affected area. In the past two days, as many as four members of the starting lineup got sidelined due to respective injuries.


Earlier today, Yankee’s bossman Brian Cashman announced that Carlos Rodon would start the 2023 MLB season on the injury list after suffering from a left forearm strain. Just hours later, news came in that Yankee’s regular center fielder, Harrison Bader, had gone for some tests after experiencing discomfort during Wednesday’s spring training game.

Harrison Bader Dealing With Oblique Issues, To Go For Tests

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New York Yankees center fielder Harrison Bader. Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees manager, Aaron Boone, came in with more bad news on Thursday. Just when the Yankee fan base wrapped their heads around Carlos Rodon’s injury, Boone announced yet another key field starter getting sidelined due to injury. Yankees center fielder, Harrison Bader, who was acquired in a trade with the Cardinals in August 2022, has been a valuable addition to the team. During Wednesday’s spring training game, he experienced some discomfort during final at-bats.

It’s now revealed that Bader is suffering from some oblique issues. Moreover, the management terminated all his field activities and will send him for further required tests. Managing an oblique injury can be challenging, as there is no set timetable for recovery. The injury can be mild or severe, and recovery times can range from a few days to several weeks. In the meantime, the team plans on using Aaron Hicks, Rafael Ortega, Estevan Florial, and Aaron Judge to fill in at the center field. Harrison Bader is the fourth Yankee player to land on the injury list in just a span of two days, and certainly, the fans are unhappy and frustrated with the same.

Bader Wants To Prolong His Stay With The Yankees

After arriving via a trade to the New York Yankees, Harrison Bader had a rough season last season. He majorly spent his time on the injury list. However, being born and raised in New York, playing for the Yankees is Bader’s dream. Further, with that dream now fulfilled, the center fielder wants to extend his stay. However, he understands that having landed in a trade, he has no leverage over the team.

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Harrison Bader went deep five times in nine playoff games, something he attributes to finally being healthy. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Hence, Harrison Bader plans to go out there, perform and be the best version of himself. Meanwhile, a contract extension for Bader would make sense for both parties. The Yankees would secure a talented young player for the long term. On the other hand, Bader would have the security of a guaranteed contract and the chance to continue playing for one of the most promising franchises in MLB.