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Brewers place Christian Yelich on 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain

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The Brewers have placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, per a team announcement on Sunday. Yelich sustained the injury during the club’s 6-0 loss to the Cardinals last Wednesday and had been trying to work his way back to the lineup without first undergoing a stint on the DL. It’s unclear how long he’ll be out of commission, though if all goes well, he’ll be eligible to return by the end of the Brewers’ road trip next week.

Prior to the incident, the 26-year-old outfielder was off to a hot start with his new team. He slashed a cool .385/.407/.577 over his first 27 plate appearances and swatted his first home run of the year — a ninth-inning, game-tying, 415-foot shot — in a 5-4 win over the Cardinals last Tuesday. Granted, spring numbers mean very little, but Yelich has a solid track record to back him up: in 2017, he batted .282/.369/.439 with 18 home runs, 16 stolen bases and an .807 OPS in 695 PA for the Marlins.

While Yelich has battled a variety of hamstring and calf issues over the last year or so, he hasn’t missed any significant time on the disabled list to date and isn’t expected to require a lengthy rehab process this time around. According to comments made by club manager Craig Counsell, the MRI on Yelich’s oblique came back clean, though the Brewers aren’t anxious to rush their star outfielder back to a full-time role until he’s made a complete recovery. In the meantime, Domingo Santana is expected to cover Yelich’s post, with utility infielder/outfielder/one-time pitcher Hernan Perez and Eric Sogard positioned as backups.

Yu Darvish lands on 10-day disabled list again with triceps tendinitis

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Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.

Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.

The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.