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Brewers star Christian Yelich tests positive for COVID-19

Field Level Media
28 Jul 2021, 06:19 GMT+10

Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder Christian Yelich tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in quarantine for at least 10 days, the team said Tuesday.

Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said Yelich's positive test occurred on Monday. The 2018 National League MVP is fully vaccinated, according to Stearns.

"He was vaccinated with the team as a whole right at the beginning of the season. He has taken precautions seriously and guidelines seriously throughout the season," Stearns said.

"Unfortunately, yesterday he started experiencing some mild symptoms. He did the right thing and reported those mild symptoms. We got him a test yesterday afternoon. The test returned positive. We then got him a confirmation test, which also came back positive."

The Brewers pushed their scheduled flight to Pittsburgh back from Monday to Tuesday and conducted contact tracing. Infielder Jace Peterson was determined to be a close contact and was placed in quarantine for seven days.

The news regarding Yelich comes as he struggles through a second poor season.

Yelich combined for 80 homers and won back-to-back batting titles in 2018-19. He was runner-up for MVP honors in 2019 one year after winning the honor.

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. The 29-year-old is batting just .235 with six homers and 28 RBIs in 67 games.

"Clearly, disappointing news for Christian," Stearns said. "The most important thing is for him to feel better. He has mild symptoms. I talked to him this morning. He's in good spirits. He's resting and it's certainly our hope that he can knock this out quickly and feel better quickly.

"For Christian, this means a minimum of 10 days. Because Christian has displayed some symptoms, the time frame will also be determined by the resolution of his symptoms, so it will be a minimum of 10 days for Christian. For Jace, it will be seven days."

Peterson is batting .244 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 50 games.

Milwaukee activated outfielder Lorenzo Cain from the 10-day injured list and recalled infielder Pablo Reyes from Triple-A Nashville to fill the roster openings.

Cain (hamstring) hasn't played since May 31. The two-time All-Star is batting just .223 with three homers and nine RBIs in 31 games.

Reyes batted .212 with one RBI in 34 games for Milwaukee earlier this season.

--Field Level Media

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