Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich is dealing with a right oblique injury, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports. Yelich left Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals after six innings. The Brewers face the Cubs on Thursday, who will start Jon Lester, so Yelich will have the day off, McCalvy adds.
Yelich, 26, has gotten off to a hot start. In 27 plate appearances, he’s hitting .385/.407/.577 with a home run, five RBI, and six runs scored.
Oblique injuries usually require at least a few weeks off, but the Brewers are hoping it’s a minor issue. Yelich will be reevaluated on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.
The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.
Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.
The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.
Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.