Harrison Bader Doubtful for Yankees’ Opening Game

New York Yankees' Harrison Bader in October 2022
New York Yankees' Harrison Bader in October 2022. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI/Shutterstock (13457858e)

The New York Yankees center fielder Harrison Bader is a doubt for the team’s opening game of the new season. Manager Aaron Boone confirmed on Friday that Bader has suffered a left oblique strain.

Bader began to feel discomfort on his left side while he was batting during the Yankees’ 4-0 defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday as part of the team’s spring training.

“It’s an oblique [for Bader]. I don’t have a timeframe for you yet just because kind of the doctors are all weighing in on it today,” Boone announced when questioned by reporters ahead of the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday. “Hopefully, I will have a better timeline for you tomorrow [Saturday]. But it’ll be some time.”

This is the fourth injury concern that has affected the Yankees in the last 24 hours, thereby causing the team much concern as they seek to progress with their spring training program. General manager Brian Cashman announced Thursday announced that Carlos Rodon would start the season on the injury list after the left-hander picked up a “mild forearm strain.” Relievers Tommy Kahnle and Lou Trivino are also on the injury list for the start of the season, picking up biceps tendinitis and an elbow ligament strain respectively.