UPDATE: Yelich avoids surgery

MILWAUKEE (WSAW) -- Christian Yelich went down with a fractured knee after fouling a ball off his right knee on Tuesday. Brewers general manager David Stearns confirmed Thursday afternoon that Yelich will not need surgery.

Stearns also added that Yelich was diagnosed with a right patella fracture.

The original report by The Athletic had Yelich missing 6-8 weeks, but Stearns said it will be more like 8-10 weeks.

The team is still planning on getting a second opinion.

"At this point, what we're assuming and playing for is that Christian is not going to play again this season in any capacity," said Stearns.

The injury means the rest of the team has to step up. Outfielder Trent Grisham is expected to take on an even larger role for the final 17 games of the season.

Yelich will finished the season slashing .330/.430/.672. He is currently leading the league in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He has smacked a career high 44 home runs.

Yelich is coming off an 2018 MVP campaign. The outfielder improved in almost every offensive statistical category in 2019.