Yankees' Fears Realized On Harrison Bader

The New York Yankees' injury woes continue, as their newfound catalyst Harrison 
Bader has officially been diagnosed with a left oblique strain that will put his availability for the start of the season in doubt, according to manager Aaron Boone.

Bader injured his oblique during a swing on Wednesday against the Cardinals and was scratched from Thursday's Grapefruit League game. 

Now the test results have confirmed the strain. Oblique injuries are tricky, and can be easily aggravated if a player tries to come back too soon. Therefore extreme caution will be practiced with Bader. "It'll be some time" before Bader returns, said Boone after today's diagnosis. 

The 28-year-old New York City native was acquired in a deadline deal last August from the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Jordan Montgomery. He came over to the Bronx on the injured list, and wasn't able to join the team until later in September. But when he did, he made an immediate impact, both in center field and at the plate. In the postseason, he blasted five home runs in nine games, posting a 1.260 OPS with an on-base of well over .400. 

His presence in the lineup will be sorely missed. Hopefully, it will be a short absence.


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