MILWAUKEE – National League MVP Milwaukee's Christian Yelich missed his second consecutive match against Cincinnati due to back pain.
"He's improved today," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell Wednesday before an 11-9 victory over Reds. "We go through a lot of treatments today and see how he is. The day outside [Thursday] is part of all this. We'll see what we have on Friday."
Yelich leads the big leagues with 19 races and batting .325 with 41 RBI's in 44 games, including 42 starts.
He missed parts of seven games this season due to back problems and also missed time last season.
"I don't think chronic is the right word," Counsel said. "His back is a problem, but this is not a structural problem. He has had some muscle problems in the back, but they have been short-term injuries. It's not a chronic characterization for me."
"It is something that he has to steer actively. These are tiny little things that cost him a day here and a day there. Not worrying from my end."
Hernan Perez replaced Yelich in the right field and went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.