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Brewers star Yelich opens up about season-ending knee injury

September 17 2019 4:12 AM

Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich said it "kind of sucks" to be missing the rest of the MLB season due to injury.

The Brewers do not have their best player as they chase the second National League (NL) wildcard spot. 

Yelich will miss the rest of 2019 after fracturing his knee cap in a game against the Miami Marlins earlier this month.

Yelich addressed the injury when he met with reporters on Monday. 

"It's life in sports," Yelich said, via MLB.com.

"There's a lot of work that goes into being in a position like we were this season, but, hey, sometimes it just doesn't go in your favour. It's actually the first time I've ever broken anything in my life or had a real injury. It kind of sucks in that aspect, but it's pro sports. Injuries happen. At times, it's just very unfortunate. It seems to be one of those things that's just not fair at the moment."

The 2018 NL MVP did not require surgery and his recovery time is expected to be eight to 10 weeks. 

"I think the hardest part of the whole thing was the unknown for about 24 hours," Yelich said. "Just a broad spectrum of outcomes and recovery times depending on what the MRI showed."

The 27-year-old outfielder will finish the season slashing .329/.429/.671 with 44 home runs and 97 RBIs.

"Trust me, I had my pity party that night at the stadium," Yelich said about the injury. "I felt terrible. I was down in the dumps. After leaving the stadium – shower, put your street clothes on, get going – it's all just being positive and trying to get back. I haven't spent any time on 'Why me?' or 'Why this?' It happened. I have no way to change it now, so it's just about getting better, getting back out there.

"Trust me, I wish I could have an impact on this race, or if we make the playoffs, participate in that. It's just not going to happen, so there's no point in dwelling on it or letting it get you down."

The Brewers entered play on Monday one game out of the second NL wildcard spot with an 80-69 record.

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