St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader out four weeks

Feb 28, 2021; Jupiter, Florida, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) swings during his at bat against the Washington Nationals in the at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader is expected to be sidelined at least four weeks with soreness in his right forearm, manager Mike Shildt said Wednesday.

“Probably a solid four weeks at a minimum,” Shildt said. “Just something that keeps flaring up that he feels like he can’t compete consistently at his best.”

Bader, 26, is batting .107 (3-for-28) with six strikeouts in 10 games during spring training.

He batted .226 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 50 games last season for the Cardinals, who will give an extended look to top prospect Dylan Carlson in the outfield.

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“I wouldn’t declare it, but I think it’s a strong possibility,” Shildt said of Carlson becoming the team’s starting center fielder. “He’s proven he can do it, so it’s definitely a possibility. … He does have an instinct for it.”

–Field Level Media