Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich won't need surgery on his broken right kneecap, but the team says it's unlikely he'll return this season. It was in the beginning feared that he would want surgical treatment, but his current standing usually means a shorter restoration time of 8 to 10 weeks. Stearns told Major League Baseball reporter Christina De Nicola there will be no need for surgery - and Yelich's recovery time will likely be eight to ten weeks. Stearns said the team does not expect any long-term effects from the injury.
"Look, at this point I think what we're assuming and planning for is that Christian is not going to play again this season in any capacity", Stearns said Thursday on the team's flagship radio station WTMJ. "If one thing really unexpected would alter that, then we can alter our prognosis". He will miss the rest of the season but will have plenty of time to prepare for next year. Yelich was back in Milwaukee for tests on Wednesday, a day after the reigning NL MVP fouled a ball off his leg during a game in Miami. The Brewers now trail the Cubs in the NL Wild Card race by 2.0 games. He also has 97 RBIs and 100 runs scored, with 30 stolen bases.