Bader went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run home run in Sunday's victory over the Reds.
Although this was a solid game from Bader, the 23-year-old doesn't offer much fantasy value. Since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis on April 3, he's gone 3-for-16 (.188) and struck out six times. His chances of seeing regular playing time are slim, as the Cardinals outfield is typically filled with the likes of Marcell Ozuna, Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler.
Bader was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
Bader will take the roster spot of Jedd Gyorko (hamstring), who was placed on the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move. The 23-year-old prospect appeared in 32 games for the big club last season, hitting .235/.283/.376 with three homers across 92 plate appearances. Bader impressed during spring training, notching an .846 OPS in 21 Grapefruit League games, so he should be given some opportunities to prove himself while he's with the Cardinals. He'll likely serve as outfield depth and a right-handed bench bat until Gyorko is healthy, at which point he'll likely be headed back to the minors.
Bader was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Friday, MLB.com's Joe Trezza reports.
Bader was battling for a spot on the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder but will instead head back to Memphis for the start of the 2018 season. Last year, Bader appeared in 32 games for the Cardinals, hitting .235 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 92 plate appearances. He was able to impress the club this spring with a .846 OPS in 21 Grapefruit League games but the sheer volume of quality outfielders on the major-league team will force him to remain in the minors for the time being.
Bader, who is competing for a reserve outfield role, is slashing .348/.375/.853 with three doubles, two RBI, two stolen bases and five runs across eight spring training games.
The 23-year-old turned in another impressive outing in Sunday's loss to the Astros, accounting for the Cardinals' only run with an RBI infield single. Bader generated a middling .235/.283/.376 line over 92 plate appearances in his initial regular-season big-league stint in 2017, but he displayed some pop with six extra-base hits (three doubles, three home runs). Bader's principal competition for a backup role this spring comes in the form of fellow prospect Tyler O'Neill, who's presently missing valuable time with an oblique injury.
Bader will compete for a spot as a reserve outfielder for St. Louis over the course of spring training, Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Cardinals' talented outfield is filled with Marcell Ozuna, Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler, but the club still has space for a reserve option. If he impresses during spring training, the door is open for Bader to start the season with the Cardinals as their fourth outfielder. To earn one of the club's final roster spots, Bader will probably have to beat out Tyler O'Neill. To this point, Bader has appeared in 32 games in the majors, over which he's hit .235/.283/.376.
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