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Jimmy Nelson | Starting Pitcher | #52

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/5/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 246
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (0) / MLW
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Jimmy Nelson will get a second opinion on his right shoulder on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Nelson injured his shoulder on the basepaths on Friday and was diagnosed with a right rotator cuff strain and partial anterior labrum tear. We should know soon whether he'll require surgery, but he'll miss the remainder of the season either way. It's a real shame, as Nelson broke out this year with a 3.49 ERA and 199/48 K/BB ratio over 175 1/3 innings.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 10:13:00 PM

Jimmy Nelson has been diagnosed with a right rotator cuff strain and partial anterior labrum tear and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.

It's a brutal blow to the Brewers and their chances of making the playoffs to lose their ace. Nelson is believed to have sustained the injury while diving headfirst back into first base during Friday's game. It's too early to tell if he'll need to undergo surgery, or if the rest and rehab route will be able to alleviate the problem. He finishes the season 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 199/48 K/BB ratio across 175 1/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 01:43:00 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said the club is "cautiously optimistic" on the injury status of right-hander Jimmy Nelson.

Nelson sustained a jammed shoulder while diving headfirst back into first base during Friday's game, forcing his removal after five shutout innings against the Cubs. He'll undergo further testing as a precautionary measure on Saturday, but the Brewers are hopeful that he'll be able to make his next start.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 08:55:00 AM

Jimmy Nelson was lifted from Friday's start against the Cubs after five innings due to right arm soreness.

Before departing, Nelson had been dominating, racking up seven strikeouts over five shutout innings. The club termed his exit precautionary, but it remains unclear if the ailment will cause him to miss any additional starts.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 10:03:00 PM

Jimmy Nelson shut out the Nationals over seven innings while fanning 11 batters as part of a 1-0 victory on Friday.

Nelson tied his career-high in strikeouts. He gave up just three hits on the night — all of them singles — while walking three and hitting a batter. Nelson pitched out of some trouble early on before retiring 13 out of the final 14 batters he faced. He’s now 11-6 with a 3.59 ERA in what has been a breakout season for him. Nelson lines up for a start against the Reds on the road next time out.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 11:59:00 PM

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