To avoid running Harrison Bader into a more severe injury and lengthier recovery, the Cardinals rested their center fielder Sunday in the series finale at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey and will reevaluate his ailing right hamstring Monday, in Milwaukee.
Bader felt a “tightening” in his right leg during an eventful eighth inning Saturday against Cincinnati in the Mexico Series. Bader had an attempted diving catch, a throw from the warning track to third base, and another play where he sped to back up right fielder Tyler O’Neill and had to pivot quickly when the ball glanced off O’Neill’s glove. During that run, as he retrieved the ball, Bader felt pain zip through his leg.
The threat of a worse injury could slow him for a few days. “There is always that concern,” manager Mike Shildt said. “We feel we’re ahead of it. We’re getting the work in. It’s always a concern but it’s one that we’ve got a good grasp on.”
Bader said after Sunday’s game that the leg felt “way better.”