Jimmy Nelson to begin rehab assignment

Milwaukee Brewers’ pitcher Jimmy Nelson will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Sunday. Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was the first to report the news.

Nelson has struggled during his time in the majors this year after missing all of 2018 recovering from shoulder surgery. He has an 8.36 ERA, a 2.29 WHIP and a 15:14 K:BB in 14 innings of work. He hasn’t pitched since late June due to a right elbow effusion.

Once Nelson is set to return to the majors, it will be as a reliever. Hopefully he can recapture some of that magic from the 2017 season. The Brewers bullpen can certainly use another capable arm.

However, from what we’ve seen from Nelson so far this season, that doesn’t seem likely.

Brewers fall to Giants 8-7

The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the San Francisco Giants in game two of a three-game set 8-7 on Saturday. The Brewers had a 5-1 lead through the top-half of the fifth inning but couldn’t hold on to it.

Jimmy Nelson and Adrian Houser walked four straight batters in the bottom of the fifth allowing San Francisco’s offense to find life. Milwaukee took back the lead in the seventh before giving it back in the bottom of the frame behind Junior Guerra.

Christian Yelich hit a two-out home run in the ninth for his MLB-leading 26th of the year. However, that was as close as the Brewers could get as Will Smith shut the door after to pick up the save.

Next up, the Brewers (39-31) will look to avoid the sweep by the Giants (30-38) on Sunday. Chase Anderson (3|13.80 ERA46 SO) will get the start opposite of Jeff Samardzija (3|53.72 ERA, 56 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 3:05pm.

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MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers lost their second straight game to the Miami Marlins falling 8-3 Wednesday night.

Jimmy Nelson struggles in return

It was Nelson’s first start in the majors since 2017 and it didn’t go as planned. He got through the first two innings allowing only one run which was unearned. However, trouble started in the third inning.

Nelson walked the opposing pitcher Sandy Alcántara to lead off the frame. Then, Nelson gave up a double and walked another Marlin to load the bases. Brian Anderson would take advantage blasting his first career grand slam to give Miami a 5-0 lead.

“This is very uncharacteristic of how I’ve been throwing, even over the last couple of months,” Nelson said. “It’s not necessarily like a change in competition level. It was a decrease in the execution of my stuff for that one inning, at least.”

Despite the performance from the returning pitcher, the crowd was happy to see him back out on the mound.

“The reception from the fans and the excitement of all the teammates and staff here the last day or two is something I’ll always remember and always appreciate,” Nelson said. “That was the best moment of the day, obviously.”

Marlins dominate in series so far

Miami has outscored Milwaukee 24-3 over the first two games of the series. The Marlins defeated the Brewers 16-0 on Tuesday and showed much of the same Wednesday night. Some thought this was a series the Crew could walk through with ease as the Marlins currently are tied for the third-worst record in the league.

“They are swinging the bats well, there’s no question,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We need to be better in all phases of the game. We haven’t been good in any phase of the game this series. They’re playing well, we’ve played two poor games and they’ve got two wins.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (34-28) will look to avoid the sweep against the Marlins (23-36) Thursday afternoon. Freddy Peralta (2|25.68 ERA43 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Miami will counter with Caleb Smith (3|33.10 ERA, 80 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

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Brewers’ Jimmy Nelson to make return to mound Wednesday

It seems like forever ago the last time we saw Jimmy Nelson pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers. We will see him on the mound again, very soon.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers GM David Stearns called Nelson to tell him he’d be returning to the big league club.

Manager Craig Counsell confirms that Nelson will get the start for Milwaukee on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins.

Nelson hasn’t played in the majors since injuring his shoulder in September of 2017.

Brewers place Chacin on injured list

On Saturday the Brewers placed starter Gio Gonzalez on the 10-day injured list. Now, on Sunday they place another starting pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin, on the 10-day injured list.

Chacin, who is coming off his worst outing of the season on Friday, was placed on IL with a lower back strain.

Milwaukee also recalled right-handers Jacob Barnes and Taylor Williams from Class AAA San Antonio. Catcher Jacob Nottingham was optioned to that club to open up the second roster spot needed.

In 12 starts this season, Chacin has gone 3-7 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.483 WHIP. He was recognized as the ace for the Brewers staff last season but hasn’t lived up to his performance from a year ago.

The Brewers are now extremely thin at starting pitching and could be ready to give Jimmy Nelson a shot.

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