Milwaukee Brewers lose Christian Yelich for the rest of the season

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 06: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers is congratulated by teammates following a home run against the Chicago Cubs during a game at Miller Park on September 06, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 06: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers is congratulated by teammates following a home run against the Chicago Cubs during a game at Miller Park on September 06, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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The Milwaukee Brewers confirmed after their game yesterday against the Miami Marlins that Christian Yelich was done for the season.

The reigning National League MVP, Christian Yelich, fractured his right kneecap when he fouled a pitch off of his knee during his first at-bat in the Milwaukee Brewers‘ 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

As soon as Yelich fouled the pitch off his knee, you could tell he was in pain.  The Brewers confirmed after the win that Yelich was done for the season and there wasn’t a timeframe for his recovery.

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This is a huge blow to the Brewers and their playoff chances.  After the game, they were a game back of the Chicago Cubs for the 2nd and final NL Wild Card spot.  This is definitely one of those injuries you hate to see to one of the best players in the game right now.

Yelich was in the midst of potentially a second MVP season as he and Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers have been going back and forth in the MVP race and the home run race.  He was slashing .329/.429/.671 with 44 home runs, 97 RBI’s and 30 stolen bases.

He was leading the NL in on-base percentage and leading all of Major League Baseball in slugging percentage.  He was also seventh in baseball in wins above replacement, or WAR with a 7.1 mark.

This is a rough scenario for not only the Milwaukee Brewers, but baseball as a whole.  You never want to see one of the star players in the game go down, especially in the crucial final stretch of the season where a possible playoff spot is on the line.

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Christian Yelich was scheduled to fly back to Milwaukee today for further testing and once that happens I’m sure we’ll have a clearer picture as to how severe the injury is and a timetable for his return next season.