When will Christian Yelich return to the Milwaukee Brewers starting lineup? It could be as soon as tomorrow.
Christian Yelich sat for almost a full week before picking up a pinch hit in Sunday’s loss to the Texas Rangers. His back is reportedly feeling better, and Yelich is set to return to the Milwaukee Brewers starting lineup on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. But is his back issue going to linger?
What happened to Yelich in the first place?
Well, it sounds like a lot happened to Yelich before he needed to take time off. He reportedly ‘felt something in his back last Monday, and needed time off on Tuesday…and Wednesday…and most of the weekend. He did take batting practice on Saturday, and was healthy enough to pinch hit on Sunday.
How did Yelich look in his at bat on Sunday?
Yelich struck out against Rangers starter Mike Minor in the ninth inning on Sunday. He saw six pitches, hit one foul ball, and swung and missed twice. He felt healthy enough to swing at three straight pitches.
Is Yelich completely over his back issues
The only way back issues really go away is with rest and treatment over a few weeks. Yelich was out for about a week, and he was undoubtedly receiving treatment. However, he’s still playing baseball every day, and that has already taken a toll on Yelich’s back through game #119. This is likely an ongoing issue that the Milwaukee Brewers will have to manage for the rest of the year. Yelich should return to the lineup on Tuesday night, but he’ll more than likely need a few maintenance days between now and the end of the year.
The Milwaukee Brewers managed to go 4-1 without Yelich in the lineup, and are still very much in contention for the NL Central and the Wild Card. The team managed to get by for a week without their superstar, but they’re clearly a much more dangerous lineup with Yelich able to start. The team gets a pair with the Minnesota Twins before heading on a six-game road trip against the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals. The Brewers will need Yelich in the lineup for as many of these upcoming eight games as possible if they want to keep pace with the other teams in contention.