ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals' 25-man roster continues to get injections of young blood, as 23-year-old Harrison Bader was promoted to MLB duty Tuesday.
The club purchased Bader’s contract in response to another injury to Dexter Fowler, announcing the veteran center fielder was moved to the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist strain.
Fowler left the game in a double switch Monday night.
Bader, a fast-rising 2015 draft pick (3rd round), will become the sixth player to make his Major League debut for the Cardinals this season.
The outfielder has consistently impressed with his bat, hitting .287 with 49 homers over 289 minor league games.
He took a major step forward in the Arizona Fall League last year, batting .304 and driving in 16 runs over 21 games. He was named to the AFL All-Prospect Team and continued his success with a strong spring training turn in major league camp this spring.
This season at Triple-A Memphis, Bader’s 19 homers rank 10th in the Pacific Coast League. He’s hitting .297 with a .517 slugging percentage to go with strong outfield defense.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cardinals outrighted outfielder Chad Huffman, granting him his release. Bader will join the team Tuesday, and will wear number 48.