WASHINGTON — The reigning National League MVP can only sit and watch his Milwaukee Brewers teammates face the Nationals in the do-or-die NL wild card game Tuesday night.
But Christian Yelich, who is rehabbing a fractured kneecap, said a return to the lineup if the Brewers keep advancing in playoffs is not out of the question.
“It’s a thing where you just have to see how it responds and how you progress,” he said from the dugout steps hours before the first-pitch. “It think I would be cutting it very close, but you never want to rule anything out.”
The chances are unlikely, but he said he hasn't had any setbacks and won't rule anything out. Yelich was thought to have season-ending injury when he fouled a ball off his knee on Sept. 10 in Miami, hurting the chances of the Brewers playoff run.
Christian Yelich on the Kirk Gibson question: pic.twitter.com/3p5sEAo2ST
But, the Brewers haven't missed a beat with their MVP on the sideline. They have gone 13-5 in his absence down the stretch.
Yelich was arguably having a better season this year than during his 2018 MVP campaign. He led the NL in batting (.329), on-base percentage (.429), slugging percentage (.671) and OPS (1.100) and slugged a career-high 44 homers.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell was asked about Yelich's presence before the game and how important it was to have him there supporting his club.
"Yeah, he's welcome in the dugout for sure," said Counsell. "It's great to see him here. I think it's – look, it's a challenging time for any player to have to watch this game, and especially a player like him that knows how big of an impact he can have on this game.
"I think we tend to – we evaluate all these players and try to give them a value, but in a game like this, you just look at how it would look, and Christian would be an incredibly valuable player in this game. That's probably just me lamenting the fact that he's hurt a little bit."
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