Brewers lose Yelich for rest of 2019 with fractured kneecap

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder Christian Yelich has suffered a fractured right kneecap. He will miss the rest of the 2019 season.

Yelich was injured on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins. This is a tough blow for the reigning National League MVP, who was a consider for the award once again before his injury.

Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder Christian Yelich celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 National League Championship Series
Christian Yelich celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 National League Championship Series (Getty Images)

He suffered the injury in his first at-bat at Marlins Park. He fouled the ball off of a pitch by pitcher Elieser Hernández right off of his right knee.

With Yelich out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, the team is expected to turn to Trent Grisham to try to fill the role. Yelich was the Brewers best player, who they will try to make the playoffs without him.

The 27-year-old Thousand Oaks, California native has spent the last two seasons with the Brewers. He was acquired on January 25, 2018 in a trade with the Marlins that sent Monte Harrison, Lewis Brinson, Isan Diaz, and Jordan Yamamoto to South Beach.

This season, he had a .330 batting average with 44 home runs and 97 RBIs in 129 games. He also had 29 doubles and three triples on 161 hits, while scoring 100 runs, in 488 at-bats.

The 44 home runs were a career-high. His previous best was 36, which he had in 2018 during his MVP season, when he also had a career-best 110 RBIs.

For the second straight year, Yelich has made the All-Star team with the Brewers. He is also a two-time Silver Slugger, who has one Golden Glove and one batting title.

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