Yelich out for season after fracturing kneecap

MIAMI — Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his right kneecap in Tuesday’s victory over the Miami Marlins.

The Brewers announced the extent of the injury following the 4-3 win over the Marlins. General manager David Stearns said Yelich will return to Milwaukee for additional tests on Wednesday, adding that it’s not yet known if he’ll need surgery.

Yelich, 27, was injured in the top of the first inning when he fouled a pitch off his kneecap.

Yelich remained on the ground for several minutes before getting up and limping to the dugout.

“First and foremost, we feel awful for Christian. This is a guy who’s carried us in a number of ways over the last two years,” Stearns said. “He could’ve [been] 2 1/2 weeks away from a repeat Most Valuable Player award. So that’s where our thoughts go first.

“From a team perspective, we’ve got a lot of guys in that clubhouse who will hurt tonight; this is a gut punch for a night. And then we need to recover and play really strong baseball. We’ve been through this before as an organization — two years ago, almost to the day, we lost Jimmy Nelson to a similarly freak injury, and we competed at a very high level for the remainder of that season. And I expect our team to compete at a similarly high level going forward.”

With Tuesday’s win, the Brewers moved within 1½ games of the Chicago Cubs, who are playing in San Diego, in the race for the second NL wild card.

Yelich enters the season batting .329 with 44 home runs and 97 RBIs and led the majors in slugging percentage and OPS entering Tuesday’s games.

Trent Grisham continued Yelich’s at-bat and struck out, then took over in right field for Yelich.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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