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Brewers GM: Yelich won’t need surgery, out 8-10 weeks

Brewers MVP Christian Yelich will be out for 8-10 weeks after suffering a broken kneecap.

The news came Thursday morning from General Manager David Stearns as the team left Miami. Yelich fouled a ball off of his knee in the first inning Tuesday night against the Marlins.

“It looks like we dodged a little bit of a bullet,” Stern said.

The injury is not considered serious or long-term, though Yelich is out for the remainder of the Brewers’ season. He will not need surgery, Stearns said.

Yelich, who returned to Milwaukee Wednesday for tests, will get a second opinion on his kneecap just to be sure. He hasn’t spoken publicly about his injury, but he tweeted about it Thursday afternoon, thanking fans for support.

“Frustrating way for a season to end but these things happen in sports. I will be just fine and am looking forward to making a full recovery and supporting the boys the rest of the season,” Yelich tweeted.

Entering Thursday, the Brewers have won six straight and began the day tied with the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot.

Yelich hit .329 with 44 home runs and 97 RBIs along with 30 stolen bases this year and was leading the majors in slugging percentage and OPS at the time of his injury.

Chris Watkins

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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