LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Reigning National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his kneecap during Milwaukee’s 4-3 win over Miami on Tuesday.
Star slugger Yelich limped out of the game after fouling a 79.8 mph slider from Marlins pitcher Elieser Hernandez straight onto his right knee.
Brewers’ backroom staff and manager Craig Counsell rushed to Yelich’s assistance after he crumpled to the ground.
The 27-year-old outfielder attempted to stand up but immediately sat back down with his leg bent at an angle.
“Christian Yelich left tonight’s game with a fractured right kneecap,” the Brewers later announced on Twitter.
“He will miss the remainder of the season.”
The loss of Yelich is a hammer blow for the Brewers, who are chasing the Chicago Cubs in a battle for the second National League Wild Card Spot as the regular season reaches its climax.
Yelich had started the game leading the major leagues in slugging percentage (.672) and total bases (328).
He was also tied for third place for home runs this season with 44, behind the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso (47) and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (45).