MIAMI – The Marlins might be without Christian Yelich for a few more days.
Yelich was scratched from the lineup with a right knee contusion on Tuesday and was not in the lineup for Wednesday afternoon’s contest against the Red Sox. Manager Dan Jennings said Yelich is available to pinch hit.
"He is still day to day," Jennings said. "We felt like with an off day tomorrow, let’s give him today and get him one hundred percent versus putting him out there at seventy and have him reaggravate."
In the seventh inning of Miami’s 4-1 victory over the Braves on Sunday, Yelich climbed the outfield wall in an attempt to rob Jonny Gomes of a home run.
"We just felt like giving him the night off will help it heal much quicker," Jennings said prior to Tuesday’s contest against Boston.
Yelich was in the lineup batting third before being scratched. Cole Gillespie replaced him in center field and Derek Dietrich was moved into the third spot in the order.
Yelich, 23, has had a notable amount of success throughout 2015. Over 92 games, he has posted a .275/.343/.376 batting line to complement six home runs and 29 RBIs. Yelich signed an extension during spring training.
If the Marlins opt to place Yelich on the disabled list in the coming days, the club could recall Marcell Ozuna from Triple-A New Orleans. Jennings said he will begin taking batting practice today.