Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich said Monday he had accepted his season-ending injury and was ready to support his teammates in their fight for a posteason berth.
Yelich suffered a fractured right kneecap when fouling off a pitch in the first inning at Miami on Sept. 10.
"It was the worst pain I ever felt in my life," said Yelich, speaking to reporters for the first time since the injury. "I couldn't breathe."
The reigning National League Most Valuable Player underwent X-rays at Marlins Park after leaving the field. When the attending doctor put the film on the backlit screen, Yelich knew his kneecap was broken.
"I could see the X-ray," he said. "You don't need a doctor to tell you it's broken."
Yelich again was in the MVP discussion this season, batting .329 with 44 homers and 97 RBIs. He was a big reason the Brewers entered Monday night's game against the Padres in San Diego just one game behind the Chicago Cubs in the race for the second NL wild card.
Asked if the injury might cost him an MVP repeat, Yelch said, "That's not for me to judge."
Yelich, walking with the aid of crutches, spoke at Miller Park before Monday night's game. He said he didn't know if he'd be able to join the team on its final road trip, to face the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies next week, but would be rooting for them from wherever he is.
"A lot of work gets put into it to be in the position we were in," Yelich said. "Sometimes, it doesn't go in your favor. That's the first time I've broken anything in my life or actually have a real injury. So, that's new.
"It kind of sucks, in that aspect. But it's pro sports. Injuries happen; it's going to happen, unfortunately. The timing of it is very unfortunate; it sucks. It seems to be one of those things that's not fair at the moment. Trust me, I had my pity party that night at the stadium. I felt terrible. I was down in the dumps. After leaving the stadium and getting going, it's all about being positive and trying to get back."
--Field Level Media