Brewers replace Marco Estrada in rotation with Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson will join the Brewers rotation on Saturday.
Jimmy Nelson will join the Brewers rotation on Saturday. (USATSI)

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The Milwaukee Brewers still sit alone in first place in the NL Central, just as they have pretty much all season, but some changes need to be made after a four-game sweep at the hands of the Phillies. The Brewers have now lost nine of their last 10 games.

At least one change: Marco Estrada has lost his rotation spot and will be replaced with pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson (via jsonline.com).

Estrada is 7-6 with a 4.96 ERA (75 ERA+) and 1.27 WHIP. He leads the majors with 27 home runs allowed and has a 6.40 ERA in his last 10 starts. So it's clearly time to make a change, and that's what GM Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke have done.

The spot will go to Nelson, who entered the season as a consensus top 100 prospect in baseball. The 2010 second rounder is 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 114 strikeouts in 111 innings in 17 Triple-A appearances (16 starts). The 25-year-old, 6-foot-6 right-hander has made two career starts in the majors, in which he's 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. The win came in a spot start on May 25, in which Nelson was brilliant.

Nelson will get the start Saturday against the Cardinals while Estrada heads to the bullpen.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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