Nelson will undergo lumbar surgery Tuesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
The bad luck for Nelson continues, as he simply hasn't been able to stay healthy since his breakout season in 2017, when he cruised to a 3.49 ERA and a 27.3 percent strikeout rate before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. That serious injury and subsequent surgery kept him out for all of 2018 and a portion of 2019 as well, with elbow issues then pitching in to limit him to just 22 innings. He can now add back issues to that increasingly long list of ailments. The procedure is expected to keep him out for the entirety of this season, so he'll have thrown just 22 major-league innings over a three-season stretch when he attempts to make his comeback in 2021. The Dodgers have a $2 million club option on Nelson for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout.