Jimmy Nelson and Mike Fiers have filled in admirably in a Brewers' rotation that is unexpectedly without Marco Estrada, who was yanked due to ineffectiveness, and Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse, who succumbed to injury. Both Nelson and Fiers can hang around for now, even if Lohse returns next week as expected, but one will likely have to go when Garza makes his anitcipated early September return.
Fiers has made a more dramatic entry into the rotation, but Nelson has been no slouch. Wednesday was just not his day, as he exited his start against the Blue Jays in the sixth inning, having allowed four earned runs on nine hits, but generally, he's been impressive. In the five starts sandwiched between a poor start made just after his most recent callup and Wednesday's outing, Nelson posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 23 strikeouts and six walks over 32 innings. While his strikeout total is a bit disappointing, he has exhibited good control and strong ground ball tendencies.
If Fiers continues to be dominant, Nelson may not stay in the Brewers' rotation beyond next week, but at least he's scheduled to enjoy a two-start week in the coming scoring period. Nelson is slated to face the Padres and Giants on the road in Fantasy Week 22 (Aug. 25-31), and those matchups make him a prime candidate for a waiver claim. As effective as Nelson has been, he is still owned in only 53 percent of the leagues on CBSSports.com.
At worst, this will be Nelson's last stand in the rotation this season, but it could still be a successful one. Owners should also not rule out the possibility that Nelson gets a longer stay, and he could prove useful in your quest for a title.