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Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says OF Harrison Bader is dealing with some right forearm pain.
Bader underwent some imaging and it appeared to check out. The 26-year-old is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Tuesday, so this isn't a huge concern right now.
Harrison Bader and the Cardinals avoid arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.0 million deal.
Bader avoids arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal with the Cardinals. He has elite speed, but slashed .226/.336/.443 across 125 plate appearances in 2020. Bader is mainly an option in NL-only league formats.
Harrison Bader hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, off Freddy Peralta in the fourth inning of the Cardinals' 5-2 win on Sunday. He finished the game 2-3 with one triple, one home run, two runs scored, one RBI and one strike out. The Cardinals clinched a playoff birth with the victory.
Bader finishes the season worth 0.9 WAR while batting .226 with four home runs, three stolen bases, 21 runs scored and 11 RBI in 106 at-bats. Bader's 32.0% strikeout rate will have to improve before he merits a roster spot in 12-team redraft leagues next season.
Harrison Bader went 0-1 with a walk and a stolen base as the Cardinals topped the Pirates 2-1 on Sunday. Bader was called upon to pinch hit for Justin Williams in the seventh inning and later walked in the ninth inning. The stolen base came on a double steal play with Bader taking second and Kolten Wong stealing third at the same time. The Cardinals are 26-24 with the victory.
Bader is slashing .204/.324/.398 with three home runs and three stolen bases in 93 at-bats for the Cardinals this season. Bader is striking out 31.5% of his at-bats, an alarming rate. He typically bats in the bottom third of the Cardinals line-up. Owners in standard 12-team redraft leagues can leave him on the Waiver Wire.
Harrison Bader, hitting ninth, went 1-3 with one single, one strikeout and was caught stealing as the Cardinals fell to the Brewers 2-1 in extra innings in Game One on Monday. The Cardinals moved to 20-21 with the loss.
Bader is slashing .227/.322/.400 in 75 at-bats for the Cardinals this season. His 29.7 Ft/S Sprint Speed ranks 6th overall in MLB, 99th percentile. Unfortunately, the Cardinals don't run much, averaging only one stolen base attempt every two games. Owners in 12-team standard redraft leagues can leave Bader on the Waiver Wire.