"We just felt like giving him the night off after yesterday's [off day] hopefully will help it heal up much quicker," manager Dan Jennings said.
Yelich was slated to play center field and bat third prior to his late scratch from the lineup. Cole Gillespie replaced him in center field and went 2-for-4, while left fielder Derek Dietrich moved into the No. 3 spot and went 1-for-4 with two walks.
In 92 games this season, Yelich is batting .275 with six home runs, 29 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. In his last 30 games, he's hitting .310 (36-for-116) with 13 RBIs.
Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.