Yelich left the game with back soreness in the second inning, while Shaw departed in the fifth, an inning after he fouled a pitch off his right shin.
Yelich has started each of the Brewers’ first nine games and has reached safely in eight of them, including on Sunday, when he singled in the second inning and later scored on Shaw’s three-run home run as Milwaukee built a 7-0 lead.
But as the Brewers took the field in the bottom of the second, Jackie Bradley Jr. took Yelich’s spot in left field. It marked Bradley’s first appearance at that position since Oct. 1, 2015, with the Red Sox.
Yelich, 29, has had recurring back stiffness or soreness in recent seasons, including all four of his years with the Brewers. He has been swinging the bat a lot of late; Yelich has multiple hits in two of the team’s past four games and is slashing .333/.459/.367 this year, although he’s still seeking his first home run.
The Brewers added Bradley to an outfield that already included Yelich in left field, Lorenzo Cain in center and Avisaíl García in right with instances like this in mind, especially given Yelich’s history of minor back trouble and Cain’s comeback from electing not to play most of 2020. But the timing of Sunday’s departure was suboptimal, as it came a day after Milwaukee placed one of its other regular left-handed hitters, second baseman Kolten Wong, on the 10-day injured list with a strained oblique. The team is hopeful that Wong won’t miss much more than the minimum time.
Shaw has been productive in the field and at the plate for the Brewers, including his 449-foot home run on Sunday. In his subsequent at-bat in the fourth, Shaw fouled a pitch off his right shin before stinging a line-drive out to center field. He played defense in the bottom of that inning, but he departed in the fifth.
After winning a job with the Brewers as a non-roster invitee, Shaw is slashing .308/.357/.577 in his first 26 at-bats back with Milwaukee, which hopes for a return to the form Shaw showed when he hit more than 30 home runs in back-to-back seasons in 2017 and ’18.
The Brewers’ next off-day is Thursday. They host the Cubs at American Family Field from Monday-Wednesday.