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Jimmy Nelson | Starting Pitcher | #52

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/5/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 247
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (0) / MLW
Contract: view contract details

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Jimmy Nelson is heading to Los Angeles for a progress report on his surgically-repaired right shoulder.
Nelson has been playing long toss out to 150 feet and it sounds like he could be cleared for mound work if the check-up goes well. The right-hander might be ready to join the Brewers' starting rotation around the end of June, though it's a little too early to put an exact timetable on it. May 16 - 1:36 PM

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Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Sunday that Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) is "ahead of schedule," but "that doesn’t mean we’re going to fly through" his rehab.

Nelson remains in the long-toss phase of his rehab from right shoulder surgery and has "got to clear hurdles to get to the next step," Counsell said. The right-hander figures to be on the shelf until at least well into June.
Apr 29 - 3:26 PM

Brewers transferred RHP Jimmy Nelson to the 60-day disabled list.

The right-hander is still expected to be sidelined until around the All-Star break, this was done as a procedural move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for the recently-signed Dan Jennings.
Mar 30 - 7:34 PM

Brewers placed RHP Jimmy Nelson on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to March 26 with right shoulder inflammation.

Nelson underwent shoulder surgery in September, and is expected to begin throwing off the mound in April. He should return to the Milwaukee rotation near the All-Star break if there are no setbacks.
Mar 28 - 9:45 PM

Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) has progressed in his throwing program and could return to throwing off the mound in April.

Nelson is currently throwing from 105 feet away, and the next step will be having him throw from 120 feet. The hope after that will be getting the right-hander back on the mound for the first time since he underwent shoulder surgery in September. It's still likely that we don't see Nelson back in the Milwaukee rotation until around the All-Star break, but it's nice to see progress from the 28-year-old hurler.
Mar 23 - 12:53 PM

Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) is still limited to throwing off flat ground and won't be able to pitch off a mound until after the season starts.

Nelson underwent shoulder surgery in September and really just began a throwing regimen. There's still no specific timeline as to when the 28-year-old right-hander will be able to return. It's possible that his original June estimation could be pushed all the way back to the All-Star break. He may be somebody to avoid on to draft day this spring, despite his breakout 2017.
Feb 28 - 9:12 PM

Pitching coach Derek Johnson told fans at the Brewers On Deck event Sunday that he expects Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) back around June.

Any timetable for Nelson at this point is a rough estimate, and Nelson himself on Sunday didn't want to offer a guess as to when he'll return. However, Johnson's proclamation is certainly noteworthy and gives us an idea as to when we can expect the right-hander back. Nelson had surgery last September to repair his labrum and rotator cuff.
Jan 28 - 12:01 PM

Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) is slated to begin a throwing program on Friday.

Nelson is on his way back from shoulder surgery and wasn't originally expected to start throwing until spring training, so this qualifies as a pleasant surprise. The 28-year-old has thrown himself into his rehab process, including the acquisition of a hyperbaric chamber. "The volume and intensity of my workouts has been able to stay as high as possible," said Nelson. "I haven't had to take too many recovery days or too many easy days at the gym, because I'm not feeling super sore. There are things it's doing for me internally that I can't see. It's one of the many reasons my rehab has gone so well." Throwing on Friday is just the first step in a lengthy process, so there's no clear timetable on a return to game action, but this is obviously great news for the Brewers.
Jan 15 - 3:31 PM

Brewers and RHP Jimmy Nelson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract.

It's a well-deserved salary bump for Nelson in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He'll miss the start of next season following right shoulder surgery in September.
Jan 12 - 1:46 PM

Jimmy Nelson said during an appearance on MLB Network on Tuesday that progress from his shoulder surgery "has been impressive."

Nelson's breakout 2017 came to an unfortunate end last September when he suffered a partial anterior labrum tear and a right rotator cuff strain on a dive into first base. The 28-year-old said Tuesday he's "pretty proud of how far I’ve come already," but he's not slated to resume throwing until spring training. As such, it's hard to pin down a timetable for his return. He's on track to have a late start on the season at the very least.
Jan 2 - 10:09 AM

Brewers GM David Stearns said Thursday that the team is "months away" from figuring out an exact timetable for Jimmy Nelson following his September shoulder surgery.

Nelson suffered a right rotator cuff strain and partial anterior labrum tear when he dove hard into first base during a start September 8 against the Cubs. He's expected to miss at least some part of the 2018 season, possibly much of the first half. The 28-year-old right-hander was enjoying the best year of his career before the injury. He finished 2017 with a 12-6 record, 3.49 ERA, 1.249 WHIP, and 199/48 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 12:18:00 PM

Jimmy Nelson underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder and is expected to miss a "chunk" of the 2018 season, according to Brewers general manager David Stearns.

It was originally announced that the surgery could just be a "cleanup," but Nelson needed some of his labrum repaired, as it turned out. It's a potentially big blow not only to Nelson's 2018 prospects but perhaps even his career, as the history of pitchers coming back from labrum surgery is sketchy, at best. Obviously, it's a big bummer for a guy who had a big breakout this season.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 04:35:00 PM

Jimmy Nelson will have surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday.

A timetable for Nelson's recovery won't be known until after the procedure is performed, but the right-hander is encouraged after taking to a surgeon, as there's a chance it could just be arthroscopic surgery. He's obviously done for the season, but "only" have a cleanup procedure would give him a much better chance to return at full strength next year. Nelson damaged his right rotator cuff and labrum while diving back into first base last week.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 05:06:00 PM

Brewers placed RHP Jimmy Nelson on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

It's a paper move, as Nelson had already been ruled out for the season. Whether he'll need surgery to repair a right rotator cuff strain and partial anterior labrum tear isn't known yet.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 01:57:00 PM

Brewers' general manager David Stearns said Thursday that the club has nothing to report yet on whether Jimmy Nelson will need to undergo surgery for his injured shoulder.

Nelson was set to receive a second opinion on Wednesday in Los Angeles, but it appears that a determination has yet to be made. The right-hander is dealing with a right rotator cuff strain and partial anterior labrum tear sustained while diving headfirst back into first base.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 07:56:00 PM

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