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.