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Brewers' Christian Yelich scratched due to back spasms

Tue May 21 6:40pm ET

Players: Christian Yelich, Ben Gamel

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich, right, rounds the bases after hitting a home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin, left, during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich catches a fly out by Philadelphia Phillies' Andrew McCutchen during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


MILWAUKEE (AP) NL MVP Christian Yelich was scratched from Milwaukee's lineup against Cincinnati on Tuesday night because of back spasms.

Yelich leads the major leagues with 19 home runs and is batting .325 with 41 RBIs in 44 games, including 42 starts.

He has missed parts of seven games because of back problems.

Ben Gamel replaced Yelich in right field.

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