Christian Yelich Scratched with Back Spasms, Brewers Hopeful It's Not Serious

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Christian Yelich Scratched with Back Spasms, Brewers Hopeful It’s Not Serious

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Before their loss to the Reds last night, the Brewers scratched outfielder Christian Yelich from the lineup with back spasms (insert joke about him carrying the team).

You may recall that Yelich, who is disproportionately important to the Brewers’ competitiveness, missed some time earlier this year with a back issue. The team is hopeful this won’t result in a significant absence, however:

Yelich, the reigning NL MVP, is off to a torrid start to the season (and no longer just at home), hitting .325/.440/.732 with a 196 wRC+. He’s already been worth 3.0 WAR on his own, which is like he is the difference right now between a 28-22 Brewers team just 2.0 games behind the Cubs, and a 25-25 Brewers team that is 5.0 games behind the Cubs.

He’s arguably the most important individual player in the NL Central right now.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.