Yelich, Canó both injured as Mets beat Brewers 5-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Christian Yelich’s superb start to the season hit a snag.
The reigning NL MVP is day to day with a sore lower back after being pulled in the fifth inning of the New York Mets’ 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Mets star Robinson Canó was also injured in the game, which New York won following J.D. Davis’ tiebreaking, pinch-hit single in the seventh.
Yelich singled in the fourth and then injured his back on an attempted stolen base. He stopped awkwardly when a pitch was fouled off, and manager Craig Counsell said his back “grabbed on him.” He remained in the game for another inning but was replaced in the field for the bottom of the fifth.
“He’s a little sore right now,” Counsell said. “I don’t think it’s (an injured list), but we’ll see how he is tomorrow. I would say it’s, I would definitely try to give him a day tomorrow.”
Yelich did not speak to reporters after the game. Counsell said the team did not plan to send him for a scan.
Yelich dealt with back issues last season but overcame them with a huge second half, hitting .367 with 25 homers in his final 65 games while Milwaukee rallied for an NL Central title.
He’s carried over that hot start, batting .353 with 14 homers in 29 games. He went deep Saturday and is tied with Albert Pujols (2006), Alex Rodriguez (2007) and Cody Bellinger (this year) for the most homers in the first month of a season.
Canó exited in the first after being hit by a pitch on his left hand while failing to check his swing. X-rays taken during the game were negative, but New York will send him for further testing Monday, including an MRI.
“We’re still a little concerned so we’re going to get further tests tomorrow and kind of go from there,” manager Mickey Callaway said.
Canó was ruled to have swung at the pitch that ended his day by plate umpire Todd Tichenor. It’s the second time this season Canó has been struck by a pitch but called for a swinging strike.
Davis put New York ahead 3-2 with a line drive against reliever Alex Claudio. Amed Rosario scored from second after reaching when Yelich’s replacement, Ben Gamel, dropped his flyball in right field with Jacob Barnes (1-1) pitching.
Milwaukee walked Michael Conforto to get to Davis, a move Counsell said he regretted.
“I probably would have liked to have handled the seventh inning a little differently, probably gone at Conforto with Claudio instead of walking him,” he said.
Tomás Nido, recalled from Triple-A on Sunday when catcher Travis d’Arnaud was cut, added a pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth.
Seth Lugo struck out the side in the eighth, and Edwin Díaz pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances. New York ended a three-game skid.
Milwaukee slugger Mike Moustakas hit a tying two-run homer off Steven Matz (3-1) in the seventh. Matz had been excellent until then, pitching most of the game with a 2-0 lead. He finished with seven innings of two-run ball, striking out four without a walk.
“He had command of the game,” Callaway said. “He settled in. He was cool, calm, collected.”
Brewers left-hander Gio González was hit hard early in his season debut but steadied himself to throw five innings of two-run ball. He signed a $2 million, one-year deal Saturday after opting out of his minor league contract with the Yankees.