MIAMI – An already injury ravaged Milwaukee Brewers team took a major hit after reigning National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich suffered a fractured right knee cap Tuesday night on Tuesday night at Marlins Park, ending his season.
The Brewers didn’t announce the extent of Yelich’s injury until after the game.
Yelich was injured during a first-inning at-bat against Miami Marlins right-hander Elieser Hernandez, when he lined a foul ball directly into his right knee.
He immediately went to the ground in pain, and remained down for several minutes as he was examined by the team’s trainers and manager Craig Counsell.
Eventually, Yelich got to his feet and after standing under his own power for a bit, headed for the Brewers clubhouse.
Yelich was replaced by rookie Trent Grisham, who was coming off a five-hit game in Monday’s 8-3 victory, and he completed the at-bat by being called out on strikes.
Grisham also took Yelich’s place in right field.
All of Yelich’s injury issues to this point in the season have been related to his back.
Yelich’s exit also comes on the same night that Mike Moustakas has been ruled available to pinch-hit after injuring his hand fielding a ground ball on Sept. 2. He could be in the lineup as soon as Wednesday.