Brewers’ Christian Yelich Exits vs. Cardinals with Back Injury

Brewers’ Christian Yelich Exits vs. Cardinals with Back Injury
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Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich prepares to bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich is day-to-day after leaving Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals early because of back soreness, manager Craig Counsell told reporters after his team’s 9-3 victory. 

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Jackie Bradley Jr. replaced Yelich after he took his second at-bat of the game. Yelich went 1-for-2 with a run scored before exiting. Milwaukee ended the second inning up 7-1 over the Cardinals.

The 29-year-old, who is three years removed from the MVP nod he earned in his first season with the Brewers, has slashed .321/.457/.357 with one RBI through eight games for Milwaukee, which is 4-4. 

Yelich struggled mightily in 2020. Through 58 games, he hit just .205/.356/.430 with 22 RBI and 12 home runs, a year after he led the National League in batting average and on-base percentage while topping MLB in in slugging percentage.

Though he missed time with a fractured kneecap at the end of the 2019 season, the Thousand Oaks, California, native has proved largely durable throughout his career. He has never appeared in fewer than 126 games, a career low from 2015 when he dealt with various ailments, including back spasms and a knee bruise. 

If Yelich has to miss additional time, expect Bradley to continue to hold it down in left field.