Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said Yelich was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday after testing positive for the virus, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Yelich is fully vaccinated and is experiencing only minor symptoms of the virus, but he'll still need to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days and test negative before receiving clearance to rejoin the team. Stearns announced that utility man Jace Peterson was also placed on the IL through MLB's contact-tracing protocol. While Yelich is on the shelf, Tyrone Taylor should join Jackie Bradley and Avisail Garcia in Milwaukee's everyday outfield, though the Brewers could soon reinstate Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) from the IL to provide another option.
Yelich went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs in Sunday's victory over the Reds. Yelich had not gone yard since hitting his fifth home run of the season June 26, but he snapped that skid with a seventh-inning shot that gave the Brewers a 6-0 lead. Yelich's second half is off to a good start, as he went 4-for-14 (.286) with a double, a home run, three RBI, four runs, a steal and a 2:3 K:BB in the Brewers' three-game sweep of the Reds.
Yelich went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a stolen base against the Reds on Saturday. Yelich doubled and singled while stealing his seventh base in eight opportunities. The former MVP endured a sluggish first half of the season and hasn't homered since June 26, a 17-game drought, but he has gone 6-for-16 (.375) over his last five contests. Yelich is slashing .240/.398/.367 with five homers and 26 RBI in 249 plate appearances overall.
Yelich is not in the lineup Sunday at Pittsburgh. Yelich started the past nine games and will head to the bench after posting a .219/.419/.406 slash line with a homer, three doubles, four RBI, 12 runs and 11 walks during that stretch. Tyrone Taylor will take over in left field Sunday for Milwaukee.
Yelich went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two walks in Thursday's win over the Pirates. Yelich didn't plate any of the team's runs but made his presence felt by reaching base three times. The 2018 NL MVP has been a shadow of his former self this season, but he's reached base in eight straight games while posting a .395 on-base percentage during that span. His overall numbers remain below expectations for a player of his caliber, though.