The Brewers were dealt a major blow to their playoff hopes Tuesday night when star outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a major injury. The reigning NL MVP fouled a pitch off of his right kneecap in the first inning of the Brewers’ game in Miami.
The team later announced via Twitter (@Brewers) that Yelich has fractured his kneecap and would be unable to rejoin the team this season.
Milwaukee went on to win 4-3 Tuesday night but remains 1.5 games out of the 2nd NL Wild Card spot. Yelich was in the midst of another MVP caliber season. He will conclude 2019 with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs, 30 steals, 100 runs, and 97 RBI. His 1.102 OPS for the year was the highest in all of baseball.
The Brewers will turn to outfielders Ben Gamel and Trent Grisham to man right field in Yelich’s absence. While this is certainly a devastating injury for Milwaukee, one silver lining to be found is that the injury is unlikely to impact Yelich’s availability for the beginning of the 2020 season.
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