Christian Yelich may have missed last night's home run derby, but his manager fully expects the reigning NL MVP to make good on his first all-star start tonight, even if it's in a limited role.
"He's not going to play a lot, he'll probably take two at bats, maybe," Brewers Manager Craig Counsell tells WTMJ. "With two days off now, I talked to him Sunday night and he's in the right place and making good decisions and will protect himself for sure."
Counsell says he understands the importance of being named an all-star starter, "I'm glad he's getting to play. It's an honor to be named a starter by the fans and he wants to honor that and I think that's important."
Counsell also spoke with Wisconsin's Morning News about the ever-increasing rate of home runs, including a record setting 312, at last night's home run derby.
Yelich is one of five Brewers named to the NL All-Star team. Mike Moustakis, Yasmani Grandal and Brandon Woodruff are all on the NL roster while Josh Hader pulled out of the game due to back soreness.
Tonight's game will be broadcast live on 94-5 ESPN starting at 7 o'clock.