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Back problems bench Crew’s Yelich in loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Christian Yelich’s superb start to the season hit a snag.

The reigning NL MVP is day to day with a sore lower back after being pulled in the fifth inning of the New York Mets’ 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Mets star Robinson Cano was also injured in the game, which New York won following J.D. Davis’ tiebreaking, pinch-hit single in the seventh.

Yelich singled in the fourth and then injured his back on an attempted stolen base. He stopped awkwardly when a pitch was fouled off, and manager Craig Counsell said his back “grabbed on him.” He remained in the game for another inning but was replaced in the field for the bottom of the fifth.

“He’s a little sore right now,” Counsell said. “I don’t think it’s (an injured list), but we’ll see how he is tomorrow. I would say it’s, I would definitely try to give him a day tomorrow.”

Yelich did not speak to reporters after the game. Counsell said the team did not plan to send him for a scan.

Yelich dealt with back issues last season but overcame them with a huge second half, hitting .367 with 25 homers in his final 65 games while Milwaukee rallied for an NL Central title.

He’s carried over that hot start, batting .353 with 14 homers in 29 games. He went deep Saturday and is tied with Albert Pujols (2006), Alex Rodriguez (2007) and Cody Bellinger (this year) for the most homers in the first month of a season.

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