The Milwaukee Brewers’ shot at a postseason berth took a huge hit Tuesday night.
During the first inning of their 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins, star outfielder Christian Yelich fouled an 80 mph slider hard off his kneecap. He went straight to the ground and stayed there for a while before gingerly walking off the field on his own power.
The worst possible scenario later was revealed: Yelich is out for the season as a result of a right kneecap fracture.
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The 27-year-old was having another impressive season and was right in the thick of the National League MVP conversation. He’s hitting .330 with 44 home runs, leading the league in on-base percentage (.430), slugging percentage (.672) and, in turn, OPS (1.102).
Milwaukee is one game out of the second wild-card spot and trails the St. Louis Cardinals for the top spot in the N.L. Central by five games.
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