As first reported by MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has been scratched from the starting lineup for Tuesday evening’s game against the Braves because of tightness in his back. Ichiro Suzuki will get the start in left field and bat second against Atlanta right-hander Trevor Cahill.
Yelich might also be rested Wednesday because the Fish have an afternoon game at Turner Field. They will then travel to Citi Field on Thursday for the beginning of a four-game series against the Mets.
Yelich, 23, is off to a 7-for-27 (.259) start this season.
He signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with Miami in late March.