Milwaukee Brewers send Christian Yelich for MRI on back

Apr 1, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich (22) comes in from the outfield at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

The Brewers sent outfielder Christian Yelich back to Milwaukee for an MRI on his back Saturday and also placed right-hander Josh Lindblom (knee) and left-hander Brett Anderson (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list.

“With Christian, we’ve unfortunately hit a bit of a plateau here,” manager Craig Counsell said ahead of Saturday’s game against the Cubs in Chicago.

Yelich, 29, was eligible to come off the injured list this weekend. He has not played since leaving an April 11 game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Coming off a poor 2020 campaign in which he hit just .205, the former MVP started the season hot by hitting .333 (10-for-30) with a double, one RBI and two stolen bases in nine games.

Lindblom, 33, is dealing with right knee effusion. He has a 10.97 ERA in five relief appearances this season after allowing eight runs on nine hits (three home runs) in 3 2/3 innings in Friday’s 15-2 loss to the Cubs.

Anderson, 33, has a strained right hamstring. He is 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA through four starts. He took the loss Friday after allowing three runs and recording only one out before exiting the game.

In corresponding moves, the Brewers recalled right-hander Phil Bickford and outfielder Corey Ray from the team’s alternate training site.

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–Field Level Media