Christian Yelich Out for Year After Fouling Ball Off Knee

Yelich has been diagnosed with a fractured right kneecap and is done for the rest of 2019

Christian Yelich Out for Year After Fouling Ball Off Knee
Christian Yelich is done for the season. (Mark Brown/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / September 11, 2019 8:02 am

The Milwaukee Brewers’ chances to make the playoffs and Christian Yelich’s right knee were both dealt a major blow last night.

Yelich, the reigning National League MVP, was diagnosed with a fractured right kneecap and is done for the remainder of the 2019 season after fouling a ball off his leg during his first at-bat Tuesday night.

“We don’t have a definitive time frame other than we know he will be out the remainder of the season right now,” general manager David Stearns said the game. “We also don’t know if surgery is required.”

As of now, the one bright spot is the 27-year-old might be able to return to the team for the playoffs should the Brewers qualify for the postseason which begins on October 1. Yelich will return to Milwaukee and have additional testing on the knee today.

Winners of five in a row including Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over the Marlins, the Brewers are one game behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot.

Had he been able to finish the year, Yelich would have had a shot at winning MVP again. If he is truly done for the year, he’ll end 2019 with a .329/.429/.671 batting line, 44 home runs, 97 RBI, 30 stolen bases, and 100 runs scored in 131 games. The All-Star outfielder was also leading the majors in slugging percentage and OPS when he went down.

“We feel awful for Christian,” manager Craig Counsell said. “That’s the thing that resonates with me right now. He’s a special player and it’s a joy to watch him play every day. He’s the best at what he does. Not being able to see that every day is not good.”

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