Nelson (shoulder) threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. As expected, Nelson appears poised for a normal spring training after incorporating his full pitch repertoire in Tuesday's session and reporting no issues afterwards. Barring any setbacks, the right-hander should open the season in Milwaukee's starting rotation. A healthy Nelson will look to return to his pre-injury form, as he compiled a 3.49 ERA and 199:48 K:BB across 29 starts (175.1 innings) in 2017 prior to going under the knife.
Nelson told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday that he expects to enter spring training 100 percent healthy. "That's the goal. I'm on track right now to throw my bullpens like normal leading into spring training." Nelson spent the entire 2018 campaign recovering from a shoulder injury. Barring any setbacks, it sounds like the right-hander will be fully operational for the start of spring training, putting him in line to open the season in Milwaukee's starting rotation. The 29-year-old is a bit of a wild card for fantasy owners, but he could prove valuable if he's able to return to his pre-injury form (3.49 ERA, 10.2 K/9. 2.5 BB/9 across 175.1 innings in 2017).
Nelson agreed to a one-year, $3.7 million deal with Milwaukee on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Nelson did not pitch this past season after suffering a shoulder injury in September of 2017. According to general manager David Stearns, Nelson is expected to have a "relatively normal" offseason before the Brewers re-evaluate his condition when spring training rolls around. If the 29-year-old is deemed ready to go, he will provide a major boost for the Brewers in 2019.
Nelson (shoulder) should have a "relatively normal" offseason after completing his rehab, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. "His formal rehab is complete. He has returned to pitching," general manager David Stearns said. "That is a great thing to say." Nelson has been sidelined since September of 2017 with a shoulder injury, but the right-hander is now back with the Brewers and resting after wrapping up his rehab in Arizona. While this is an encouraging step for Nelson, who is hoping to be ready for spring training, he's not in the clear yet. "Now it's, let's go into a normal offseason, get his rest, and then do an intelligent ramp-up to spring training and see where we are then," Stearns added. "There are still a lot of unknowns here. We have been very explicit about that throughout this. But his return to pitching, we're all happy with it."
Nelson (shoulder) continues to throw live bullpen sessions in Arizona, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Nelson has yet to throw in an instructional league game, but the Brewers hope he'll be able to do so before heading into his offseason. The 29-year-old has been throwing bullpen sessions since mid-August. He is hoping to be ready for spring training after missing the entirety of 2018.
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