More Swings for Carpenter-Bader

(Busch Stadium) While the St. Louis Cardinals are hoping that Marcell Ozuna’s rehab assignment lasts only a few days, there is not the same expectation yet for Matt Carpenter.

“Carp’s gonna stay on a rehab for a while longer,” General Manager Michael Girsch said. “He’s trying to work on his stuff. He’s trying to find his swing. Yeah, he wants to get it figured out before he comes up here.”

In six games between Memphis and Springfield, Carpenter is still looking for his first hit in 19 at-bats. He has four walks and seven strikeouts. Springfield finishes their homestand tomorrow, at which point Carpenter will transition to Memphis.

“He’s at the point if things click at some point, he could be up here quickly but there’s no definitive timetable,” Girsch said. “If he hits tonight and he hits when he gets to Memphis, then we’ll revisit. We’re at the point where we revisit whenever he feels right and he looks right and the results start to come.”

The plan is similar for outfielder Harrison Bader, who was optioned yesterday to Memphis.

“He needs to play,” Girsch said. “He needs regular at-bats, which he wasn’t getting up here. And he knows that he’s out of whack and needs to get regular at-bats, but he is a tremendous defensive player and tremendous base runner. We fully expect him to be a big part of what we do going forward, he just needs to go out and get some at-bats.”

On the season, Bader was hitting .195 (43-221) but was among MLB leaders in several defensive categories.

“It’s a tough decision because he adds value,” Girsch said.”He’s a guy who without hitting can add value. He didn’t start many games after the All-Star break, but he was in the late innings almost every game. He adds real value despite having not a role offensively. Yeah, it was a tough decision but ultimately, we felt like he was of more value to us if he would go out and get some at-bats, get some consistent playing time, and get his swing going.”

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