Milwaukee Brewers: What’s the latest on Christian Yelich’s elbow?

Matthew Dewoskin
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers points to the dugout as he rounds the bases on his three-run home run in the second inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers points to the dugout as he rounds the bases on his three-run home run in the second inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich exited early on Sunday after taking a pitch off his right elbow in the seventh inning. Will this injury impact the rest of his season?

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t the only superstar in Wisconsin with an annoying injury. While Rodgers has dealt with his knee injury for the past three weeks, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich just suffered his. The team is calling Yelich’s injury a right elbow contusion and have him listed as ‘day-to-day.’ But could this injury linger?

What happened to Yelich?

In the seventh inning of Sunday’s 13-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Yelich took a 94-MPH fastball from reliever Michael Feliz off his right elbow. Yelich took his base, stole second, and came out in the bottom of the seventh to play defense. He was replaced in the eighth inning by Curtis Granderson.

How did Yelich perform on Sunday?

Like an MVP. Yelich went 2-for-3 with his 32nd home run, picked up his 21st stolen base, drove in three, scored twice, and drew a walk.

What’s next for Yelich?

He’s going to get evaluated on Monday morning, and the team will know more after that. It’s a really positive sign that he took his base, stole a base, and came out in the bottom of the inning for defense. If it was anything other than a contusion, he would have been replaced instantly.

Should this keep Yelich out?

Probably not? He missed time in July with an oblique strain, but he’s been one of the most durable members of the Milwaukee Brewers this year.

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Yelich might miss a game, but he should be in the lineup for the majority of the upcoming series against the St. Louis Cardinals. There’s a non-zero chance that he plays on Monday, but he’ll probably have a little extra padding on the elbow when he comes to the plate.

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