Yelich, Cain return to Brewers’ lineup

Field Level Media

May 03, 2021 at 11:58 pm.

Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain rejoined the Milwaukee Brewers’ lineup Monday for the start of a four-game visit to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Yelich had not played since April 11 while dealing with a back injury, and Cain had sat since April 13 due to a quad injury.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said over the weekend the duo would return sometime during the series with the Phillies. When the team announced its lineup for Monday’s series opener, Cain was second in the batting order and playing center field, and Yelich was batting third and playing left.

Yelich, the 2018 National League MVP, only played nine games before suffering his injury. He is 10-for-30 with one double, one RBI and two stolen bases in those games.

Cain has only played seven games so far this season, one year after opting out of the 2020 season five games in due to COVID-19 concerns. Cain started the year 4-for-26 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs.

To make room on the roster for Yelich and Cain, the Brewers optioned outfielder Tyrone Taylor and first baseman Keston Hiura to their alternate site.

Taylor was caught up in a numbers game with too many outfielders available to Milwaukee. He started this season hot with a .323/.400/.581 slash line, two home runs and seven RBIs in 16 games.

Hiura, however, paid the price for continuing to disappoint the Brewers since his big rookie season. In 26 games this season, Hiura slashed .152/.247/.266 with just one home run and five RBIs, following his .212/.297/.410 2020 campaign. He had shown promise in his first year, slashing .303/.368/.570 with 19 home runs in 2019.

The Brewers are 17-11 to start the season despite having 17 players on the injured list as of Sunday morning and missing Yelich and Cain for most of April.