Counsell not worried about Yelich’s back issue

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              Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich watches the ball after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
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MILWAUKEE — NL MVP Christian Yelich has been scratched from Milwaukee’s lineup against Cincinnati for a second consecutive day because of back spasms.

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“He’s improved today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday. “We’ll go through a bunch of treatments today and see how he is. The day off tomorrow factors into all this. We’ll see what we’ve got on Friday.”

Yelich leads the major leagues with 19 home runs and is batting .325 with 41 RBIs in 44 games, including 42 starts.

He missed parts of seven games this season because of back problems and also missed time last season.

“I don’t think chronic is the right word,” Counsell said. “His back is an issue, but this isn’t a structural issue. He’s had some muscle issues in his back, but they’ve been short-term injuries. That’s not a chronic characterization, for me. It’s something that he’s going to have to actively manage. These are small little things that are costing him a day here and a day there. Not worrisome from my end.”

Hernán Pérez replaced Yelich in right field.