Nelson (shoulder) is on the verge of beginning a rehab assignment, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports. Nelson has worked at the Brewers' extended spring training complex since the regular season began, and he recently threw several simulated games, the most recent coming Monday, in which he threw around 70 pitches. The Brewers have not officially decided on Nelson's next step, but according to manager Craig Counsell, "As long as we get through the next couple of days with recovery, then yes, the next step (for Nelson) is an affiliate." If Nelson is sent out as expected and begins his rehab assignment this weekend or early next week, he would be on track to join the Brewers -- and make his first big-league appearance since September of 2017 -- before May comes to a close.
Nelson (shoulder) will pitch in one more simulated game at the Brewers' spring training complex before the club considers sending him on a rehab assignment, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Nelson tossed four innings in a simulated game Monday, and things "went well," according to manager Craig Counsell. Nelson has not been deemed ready for an official rehab assignment just yet, but if all goes well again in his next outing, he could be sent to a minor-league affiliate, which would put him on track to come off the injured list within 30 days from his first appearance, barring any setbacks.
Nelson (shoulder) is expected to make one more appearance at extended spring training before heading to Triple-A San Antonio, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Nelson was able to pitch briefly in spring training but remained in Arizona for the beginning of the season to continue building up his arm strength after missing the entirety of 2018. It remains unclear how many starts the 29-year-old is expected to make for San Antonio before returning to the majors.
Manager Craig Counsell said Nelson (shoulder) will not appear in a minor-league game next week as originally reported, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Nelson will not be ready to begin an official rehab assignment for a while longer. He is scheduled pitch in simulated games in extended spring training in the near future, though, so a rehab assignment may not be too far off.
Nelson (shoulder) will make a rehab appearance for Triple-A San Antonio in the second week of the minor-league season, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. Nelson battled minor forearm and elbow setbacks while recovering from the shoulder surgery which cost him the entirety of 2018, leading to a trip to the injured list to start the year. Assuming he makes at least two rehab appearances, he probably won't be ready for big-league action until mid-April at the earliest.
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