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Top Christian Yelich News

  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Making spring debut over weekend

    Brewers manager Pat Murphy said he expects Yelich to make his Cactus League debut at some point this weekend, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Extended plate appearances aren't as beneficial in spring training for an established veteran like Yelich compared to a younger player looking to secure an Opening Day roster spot, so the two-time All-Star has instead spent the early part of camp taking part in live batting practice and simulated games to ready himself for the upcoming season. After three consecutive seasons with a sub-.800 OPS, Yelich enjoyed something of a bounce-back campaign in 2023, slashing .278/.370/.447 with 19 home runs and 28 stolen bases across 144 games. Most of Yelich's underlying numbers supported the jump in his batting average and power production, so fantasy players can probably target the 32-year-old outfielder with a greater degree of confidence in fantasy drafts compared to the past couple of years. Even though Murphy is now serving as the Brewers' skipper due to Craig Counsell moving on to the Cubs, Yelich is still expected to occupy his familiar perch atop the order in 2024.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Gets breather Saturday

    Yelich isn't in the Brewers' lineup Saturday against the Cubs.

    Yelich and his .633 OPS against lefties will sit out the beginning of Saturday's game with Jordan Wicks set to start for Chicago. Mark Canha will start in left field with William Contreras serving as the designated hitter, allowing Victor Caratini to start behind the plate.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Out of Wednesday's lineup

    Yelich is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.

    The veteran outfielder will receive a day off after the Brewers clinched the NL Central title Tuesday. Tyrone Taylor, Blake Perkins and Sal Frelick will start from left to right in the outfield while Yelich sits.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Shines in return Friday

    Yelich (back) went 3-for-4 with one double, two homers, five RBI and four runs scored in Friday's 16-1 victory over Miami.

    Yelich had appeared in just one game since Sept. 8 because of a back injury, but he looked 100 percent Friday while helping the Brewers clinch a postseason spot with a complete rout of the Marlins. His second-inning homer sailed an estimated 368 feet, and his sixth-inning blast was tabulated at 430 feet. The 31-year-old outfielder now has 19 homers on the season to go along with his 27 stolen bases.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Batting leadoff in return

    Yelich (back) is starting in left field and batting leadoff in his return to the lineup Friday at Miami.

    Yelich has logged only four plate appearances over the last two weeks because of a back injury, but he is ready to give it a go as the Brewers open a three-game weekend series versus the Marlins. When healthy this season, the 31-year-old outfielder has posted a solid .795 OPS with 17 home runs, 70 RBI, 27 stolen bases and 98 runs across 137 games.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Remains out with back injury

    Yelich (back) remains out of the lineup Thursday versus the Cardinals.

    Yelich has appeared in only one game since Sept. 8 due to lingering back discomfort, but the NL Central-leading Brewers are refraining from placing him on the 10-day injured list with only 10 games left in the regular season. Mark Canha, Blake Perkins and Sal Frelick will start across the outfield Thursday in St. Louis.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Sits again with back injury

    Yelich (back) is out of the lineup again Wednesday at St. Louis.

    Yelich is said to be making progress in his recovery from a lingering back injury, but he has started only one of the Brewers' last 12 games. Tyrone Taylor, Blake Perkins and Sal Frelick are starting across the outfield Wednesday as Mark Canha fills the DH role.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Out again with back issue

    Yelich (back) remains out of the lineup Tuesday at St. Louis.

    Yelich has now started only one of the Brewers' last 11 games due to lingering back discomfort. Tyrone Taylor, Blake Perkins and Sal Frelick will canvass the outfield Tuesday versus the Cardinals and left-hander Drew Rom.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: IL stint not ruled out

    The Brewers "will likely have to make a decision" Tuesday to place Yelich (back) on the 10-day injured list or not, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Yelich took part in baseball activities before Monday's matchup with the Cardinals, but he's still not feeling well enough to return to the lineup and will hit the bench for the ninth time in 10 games. He hasn't taken the field since Sept. 15, so if he does wind up on the IL, the Brewers would at least be able to backdate the transaction.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Will not start Monday

    Yelich (back) is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals.

    The Brewers continue to take the cautious route with Yelich, and he will open on the bench for the ninth time in 10 games. It's unclear how he is feeling, so it remains to be seen when he will return to action. However, he remains on the active roster for the time being.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Not in Sunday's lineup

    Yelich (back) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals.

    The 32-year-old rejoined the starting nine Friday after a six-game absence due to back stiffness, but he's now on the bench Sunday for the second consecutive contest. The Brewers now hold a 6.5-game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central, so manager Craig Counsell is likely to be extra cautious with Yelich down the stretch, especially given the outfielder's long history of back issues.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Returns to bench

    Yelich (back) will sit Saturday against the Nationals.

    Yelich returned to the lineup Friday after missing the previous six games due to back stiffness. His absence Saturday is due to the same issue, per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, but with manager Craig Counsell saying merely, "I just don't think he's 100 percent," this looks more like a maintenance day than a setback. Between Yelich's star status, his history of back problems and the Brewers' 5.5-game lead atop the NL Central, it's likely the team will continue to be cautious with him over the last two weeks of the regular season. Mark Canha starts in left field Saturday.

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  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Back in lineup

    Yelich (back) is starting in left field and batting in the leadoff spot Friday against Washington.

    Back stiffness has kept Yelich sidelined for the past week, but he'll return to his usual spot at the top of the order Friday against Jake Irvin. The 31-year-old outfielder has been in a slump at the plate recently, but he still holds an .864 OPS against right-handers this season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 207 lbs
Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, CA
Age: 32
Experience: 10
Bats/Throws: L, R