The Milwaukee Brewers have received some devastating news as they learn that Christian Yelich will not return in the 2019 season. After being hit in the knee with a pitch, Yelich was removed from the game, and after further analysis, it was concluded that he would need surgery and be done for the season.
Christian Yelich left tonight’s game with a fractured right knee cap. He will miss the remainder of the season.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 11, 2019
Yelich was the reigning National League (NL) MVP, who was on pace to be in the conversation for the award again this year, but his season is over. In 2019, Yelich managed a .330/.430/.672 slash line with 44 home runs and 97 RBI for the Brewers. The Brewers are going to have to find a way to replace Yelich in the lineup as they push for the NL Wildcard spot.
The news of Yelich’s fractured right knee cap comes at a terrible time with the Brewers third in the NL Central division at 76-68. In the wildcard race, the Brewers are 1.5 games back of the second wildcard spot with the Cubs ahead him. Instead of back to back MVP seasons or a shot at the Triple Crown, Yelich will have to settle for an All-Star Game appearance and phenomenal stats. Terrible news for one of the game’s best stars, but for now Yelich will have to focus on recovery so he can shine again in the 2020 season.