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Christian Yelich off COVID list, Milwaukee Brewers’ outbreak still at 7

Jul 17, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich (22) during the rain delay in the seventh inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 17, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich (22) during the rain delay in the seventh inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers activated outfielder Christian Yelich from the COVID-19 list prior to Saturday night’s game against the visiting San Francisco Giants.

The 29-year-old Yelich wasn’t in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game.

However, Milwaukee’s outbreak remains at seven players as right-hander Adrian Houser was placed on the COVID list. The 28-year-old Houser tested positive for the virus on Friday.

Houser is one of six pitchers on the Brewers’ COVID list. The others are All-Star closer Josh Hader, fellow left-hander Eric Lauer, and right-handers Jake Cousins, Jandel Gustave and Hunter Strickland.

Infielder Keston Hiura is the other Milwaukee player on the COVID list.

Yelich tested positive for COVID-19 on July 26. He and infielder Jace Peterson (contact tracing) went on the list the following day.

Yelich combined for 80 homers and won back-to-back batting titles in 2018-19. He was named National League MVP in 2018 and was runner-up in 2019 one year.

But he batted just .205 with 12 homers and 22 RBIs during the shortened 2020 season, and his production has been shaky again this season. Yelich is batting just .235 with six homers and 28 RBIs in 67 games.

Houser is 7-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 21 appearances (19 starts) this season.

–Field Level Media