Bader went 2-for-5 with an RBI triple and a run in a loss to the Braves on Friday. Bader laced his first three-bagger of the season in the third inning to erase an early 1-0 deficit. The outfielder's bat has come alive in May, as he's hitting .318 this month and has multi-hit efforts in four of his last six games. While the solid play of Dexter Fowler and Jose Martinez has bumped Bader from an everyday role for the time being, his own recent success with the bat is still earning him regular playing time. Friday served as a fitting example, as Bader garnered a start over Martinez.
Bader (elbow) is starting in center field and batting eighth Friday versus the Braves. Bader exited Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader after being hit by a pitch in the elbow, though he still came off the bench and played center field in the nightcap. The 24-year-old has been seeing the ball well over the last seven games, going 9-for-19 with six runs scored and a home run.
Bader's X-rays on his elbow were negative after he was hit by a pitch Wednesday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports. Bader was forced to leave the game but escaped without serious injury. He's not in the lineup for the nightcap but could still be available off the bench.
Bader left Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Royals after getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. He was replaced late in the game by Jose Martinez, which typically wouldn't make much sense, but the Cardinals were hardly worried about defense when they were down 8-0 heading into the eighth inning. Bader's status will be updated once the team addresses the injury after the game.
Bader will start in center field and bat seventh in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Royals. Bader will be rewarded with a fourth consecutive start after going 7-for-12 with three extra-base hits and six runs over the prior three contests. He'll stick in the lineup in place of a resting Jose Martinez, whose everyday role still appears fairly secure in light of the stellar .319/.370/.440 slash line he's posted this season.
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