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UPDATE: Yelich avoids surgery

MILWAUKEE (WSAW) – Christian Yelich went down with a cracked knee after making a ball from his right knee on Tuesday. Brewers chief David Stearns confirmed Thursday afternoon that Yelich will not need surgery.

Stearns also added that Yelich was diagnosed with the right patella fracture.

The original report from The Athletic had Yelich missing 6-8 weeks, but Stearns said it will be more like 8-10 weeks.

The team is still planning to get a second opinion.

"At this point, what we assume and play is that the Christian will not play this season again in any capacity," Stearns said.

The injury means the rest of the team has to step up. Defender Trent Grisham is expected to take on an even bigger role for the final matches of the season.

Yelich will end the season by slashing .330 / .430 / .672. He is currently leading the league in base percentage and sluggish percentage. He has struck a career with a high 44 home runs.

Yelich is coming off an MVP campaign in 2018. The outfielder improved in almost all offensive statistical categories in 2019.

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