Christian Yelich Will Miss The Remainder Of The Season After Fracturing His Knee

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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and reigning National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his right knee cap.

The injury happened in the first inning of Milwaukee’s 4-3 victory at Miami when Yelich fouled a ball off his right knee. He remained on the ground for several minutes as the Brewers' medical staff tended to him but eventually walked off the field under his own power before X-rays revealed the nature of the injury.

The team said Yelich will return to Milwaukee Wednesday for further examination.

“We feel awful for Christian,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He's a special player. He's the best at what he does. Not being able to see that every day is definitely no good, but we’ve got to respond.”

The injury is the latest and unquestionably biggest blow for a team trying to overcome a rash of late-season injuries to key players while also trying to crawl back into playoff contention.

“We have a lot of guys in the clubhouse who will hurt tonight,” Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said. “This is a gut punch for a night but we need to recover and play really strong baseball.”

Milwaukee was counting on Yelich to lead the way in closing those gaps, much like he did a year ago when he slashed .370/.508/.803 with 10 home runs, 34 RBI and a 1.313 OPS over the final month as the Brewers closed the regular season with an eight-game winning streak and beat the Cubs in an NL Central tiebreaker before falling to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.

Yelich's record-setting finish to the 2018 season led to lofty expectations in 2019 and while he downplayed any suggestion of pressure during Spring Training, he not only met those expectations but has actually exceeded them.

He began the day second in the National League with 44 home runs and a league-leading 1.102 OPS. Yelich also ranked among the league's top ten in hits (161), doubles (29), RBI (97) and walks (80) while slashing .330/.430/.672.

And just like last September, when he put the Brewers on his back down the stretch Yelich has again been red-hot since the start of the month, slashing .357/.526/.750 with eight home runs and a 1.276 OPS in eight games.

Rookie Trent Grisham, who recorded a career-high five hits in Milwaukee’s Monday night victory, finished Yelich’s at-bat and took his place in right field for the remainder of the game. He and Ben Gamel, both left-handed hitters, will likely see significant playing time in place of Yelich the rest of the way.

“Guys are going to have to step up, guys are going to have to take bigger roles,” Counsell said. “We've got a lot of guys doing good things right now and that's how we're going to have to win games.”

The Brewers’ victory Tuesday night left them 1 1/2 games back of the Cubs for the second NL Wild Card spot and five back of St. Louis in the NL Central.


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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and reigning National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his right knee cap.

The injury happened in the first inning of Milwaukee’s 4-3 victory at Miami when Yelich fouled a ball off his right knee. He remained on the ground for several minutes as the Brewers' medical staff tended to him but eventually walked off the field under his own power before X-rays revealed the nature of the injury.

The team said Yelich will return to Milwaukee Wednesday for further examination.

“We feel awful for Christian,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He's a special player. He's the best at what he does. Not being able to see that every day is definitely no good, but we’ve got to respond.”

The injury is the latest and unquestionably biggest blow for a team trying to overcome a rash of late-season injuries to key players while also trying to crawl back into playoff contention.

“We have a lot of guys in the clubhouse who will hurt tonight,” Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said. “This is a gut punch for a night but we need to recover and play really strong baseball.”

Milwaukee was counting on Yelich to lead the way in closing those gaps, much like he did a year ago when he slashed .370/.508/.803 with 10 home runs, 34 RBI and a 1.313 OPS over the final month as the Brewers closed the regular season with an eight-game winning streak and beat the Cubs in an NL Central tiebreaker before falling to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.

Yelich's record-setting finish to the 2018 season led to lofty expectations in 2019 and while he downplayed any suggestion of pressure during Spring Training, he not only met those expectations but has actually exceeded them.

He began the day second in the National League with 44 home runs and a league-leading 1.102 OPS. Yelich also ranked among the league's top ten in hits (161), doubles (29), RBI (97) and walks (80) while slashing .330/.430/.672.

And just like last September, when he put the Brewers on his back down the stretch Yelich has again been red-hot since the start of the month, slashing .357/.526/.750 with eight home runs and a 1.276 OPS in eight games.

Rookie Trent Grisham, who recorded a career-high five hits in Milwaukee’s Monday night victory, finished Yelich’s at-bat and took his place in right field for the remainder of the game. He and Ben Gamel, both left-handed hitters, will likely see significant playing time in place of Yelich the rest of the way.

“Guys are going to have to step up, guys are going to have to take bigger roles,” Counsell said. “We've got a lot of guys doing good things right now and that's how we're going to have to win games.”

The Brewers’ victory Tuesday night left them 1 1/2 games back of the Cubs for the second NL Wild Card spot and five back of St. Louis in the NL Central.


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