The Milwaukee Brewers might have won their Tuesday night matchup against the Miami Marlins, but they probably suffered their worst loss of the season at the same time.
The 2018 NL MVP winner and one of the front-runners for this year’s award will miss the rest of the Brewers’ playoff push as well as any hypothetical playoff matchups after fracturing his right kneecap in the first inning of Milwaukee’s 4-3 win.
Yelich was in the box against Marlins pitcher Elieser Hernandez at the beginning of the game and fouled a pitch off of his knee. He writhed on the ground in agony for a couple of minutes until limping feebly off of the field.
The worst possible news was confirmed after the game by the Brewers.
The former Marlin, who is hitting .330 with 44 home runs and a league-leading 1.102 OPS on the season, will be hugely missed by his team as it attempts to find its way into the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Milwaukee currently trails the Cubs by only 1.5 games for the NL’s second Wild Card spot.
The Brewers now face an extremely uphill battle as they look to make a late run into the playoffs, which will now be even tougher as they are missing their star and one of the league’s top players.