UPDATE: This morning, GM David Stearns confirmed in an interview with the media Yelich’s timetable. He will be out eight to ten weeks.
Original post is below.
The Athletic’s Jim Bowden and Robert Murray are reporting that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and reigning MVP Christian Yelich does not need surgery on his broken patella and will be out just six weeks.
Yelich - no surgery needed. Out 6 weeks. Prayers his way.— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) September 12, 2019
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, Yelich broke his knee cap when fouling a ball off in an at-bat against the Miami Marlins. The ball took an unfortunate and unlikely bounce off his bat and then his knee. Yelich immediately crumpled before being helped back to the dugout and replaced in the game. David Stearns announced after the game that his season was done.
Considering the other possibilities, this is fantastic news for Milwaukee. While it means Yelich will be out for all of the Crew’s very big playoff/championship push, he will certainly be back by next season. Some wild social media speculation indicated that he might not return for nearly a year.
Let’s win it all for Yeli!