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40 Jimmy Nelson SP

Los Angeles Dodgers

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July 21, 2020 07:40 PM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Placed on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (back) landed on the 45-day injured list Tuesday, Eric Stephen of reports.

The righty is set to undergo lumbar surgery, a procedure which will wipe out his 2020 season entirely. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the Dodgers to add Jake McGee, who signed a major-league deal.

July 6, 2020 06:12 PM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Set for back surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 29, 2020 01:24 AM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Hiatus could enable roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (back/groin) has had ample time to heal due to MLB's hiatus and could break camp with the Dodgers in some capacity, Rowan Kavner of Dodger Insider reports.

Nelson had already resumed throwing before play was suspended, so the extra time off has likely given him the opportunity to fully heal from the back and groin issues that prevented him from appearing in any Cactus League games. Once considered a longshot to make the Opening Day roster, Nelson now has a strong chance to open the campaign with the Dodgers, probably as a reliever.

March 8, 2020 10:00 PM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Completes bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (lower body) threw 17 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday and emerged healthy, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Though Nelson reportedly displayed erratic command in the session, the good news is that he did not experience any setbacks. Due to his injury issues this spring, Nelson is "extremely unlikely" to be on the Dodgers' Opening Day roster, per Gurnick.

March 6, 2020 02:24 PM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Bullpen on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (lower body) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

Nelson has dealt with multiple injuries throughout camp (most recently lower-body discomfort), but he's on track to resume mound work Friday after playing catch earlier in the week with no issues. While Nelson is no longer in consideration for a spot in the Dodgers' Opening Day rotation, manager Dave Roberts indicated that the veteran right-hander could open the campaign in the bullpen and build up to a starter's workload over the course of the season.

March 2, 2020 11:40 PM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Resumes playing catch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (lower body) has started playing catch but is no longer in consideration for an Opening Day rotation spot, per Dodger Insider.

Nelson, who signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers in January, has yet to throw in a Cactus League game while dealing with injuries to his groin and back and subsequent lower-body discomfort. With Opening Day less than four weeks away, Nelson's opportunity to seize a spot in the rotation has come and gone. Still, manager Dave Roberts indicated that the veteran right-hander could feasibly open the campaign in the bullpen and build up over the course of the season, so he has not yet been removed from the team's plans.

February 27, 2020 12:24 PM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Shut down after another setback
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson has been shut down from throwing after experiencing lower-body discomfort coming out of Wednesday's bullpen session, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Nelson's latest health-related setback is presumably related to the groin and lower-back injuries that had hampered him earlier in camp. Though Opening Day is still about a month away, Nelson's shutdown likely means that even if he's cleared to resume a throwing program next week, he won't have enough time to get the innings he needs this spring to stake his claim to a rotation or bullpen spot.

February 22, 2020 02:52 AM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: No setbacks after bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson appears healthy after Thursday's bullpen session, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Nelson began the week dealing with injuries to both his groin and back, but all appears well following Thursday's bullpen session. The positive news should allow the 30-year-old to re-start his spring-training battle for a roster spot. Should he make the club, Nelson could either be a starter or fill a high-leverage bullpen role.

February 20, 2020 03:12 PM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Tosses bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (groin/back) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Everything appeared to go off without a hitch in what was Nelson's first bullpen session since being shut down earlier in the month with groin and back tightness. The right-hander is competing for a spot on the Dodgers' Opening Day roster as a starter or multi-inning reliever.

February 20, 2020 02:36 PM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Return still 'days away'
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (groin) has shown improvement but won't throw off the mound for multiple days, Ken Gurnick of reports.

In addition to groin soreness, Nelson is also suffering from a tight back. The 30-year-old has pitched only 22 innings since the end of the 2017 campaign and is not a lock to make the Dodgers' Opening Day roster. If he does earn a spot on the squad, Nelson could be used as a starter or as a "Brandon Morrow-type reliever," per Gurnick.

February 18, 2020 04:04 PM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Battling two minor issues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson is dealing with back tightness in addition to the previously reported groin soreness, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.

Both issues have been classified as minor, and neither seems to be related to the shoulder woes that wrecked Nelson's previous two seasons. Still, it would obviously be preferable for a pitcher to have zero injury worries this early in camp, rather than two. Nelson already entered camp in a tough fight for a roster spot, so any time lost to these issues will only decrease his chances of making the team.

February 16, 2020 01:16 PM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Dealing with groin soreness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson experienced some groin soreness during his bullpen session this weekend, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Manager Dave Roberts termed the soreness as "benign," so it doesn't appear to be a serious concern. Nelson joined the Dodgers on a one-year deal in January and is looking for a rebound season after posting a 6.95 ERA in 22 innings last year for the Brewers in his return from shoulder surgery.

January 7, 2020 09:28 PM
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Signs with Dodgers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson agreed to a deal with the Dodgers on Tuesday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Nelson will be guaranteed a little over $1 million and can make over $3 million if he hits some health-based incentives. The deal also includes a vesting mutual option for a second season. The 30-year-old recorded a strong 3.49 ERA with a 27.3 percent strikeout rate back in 2017, but a shoulder problem wiped out his 2018 season entirely. He didn't look the same in his 22 big-league innings in 2019, stumbling to a 6.95 ERA while walking 16.2 percent of opposing batters. Fantasy owners shouldn't place a ton of faith in a player who hasn't had a good season since 2017, but, similar to what he'll be for the Dodgers, Nelson should at least be a low-risk, high-upside play in fantasy.

December 2, 2019 09:52 PM
Jimmy Nelson: Cut loose
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson was non-tendered by the Brewers on Monday.

Nelson struggled to find his groove in 2019, posting a 6.95 ERA and 1.91 WHIP with a 26:17 K:BB over 22 innings. After undergoing shoulder surgery near the end of the 2017 campaign, he's yet to show that he can return to his old self. Nelson turned in a 3.49 ERA with 199 punchouts across 175.1 frames before suffering a shoulder injury in 2017.

September 7, 2019 01:04 PM
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: Two scoreless frames
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson threw two scoreless innings of relief, allowing three hits and striking out one, in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

Nelson made his first big-league appearance since June 25, and he avoided any tallies on the scoreboard despite also hitting a batter and uncorking a wild pitch. Nelson threw 30 pitches Thursday and did not throw more than 37 pitches in any of his last 12 outings with Triple-A San Antonio, so it's likely he will be locked into a bullpen role for the rest of the season.

September 1, 2019 11:44 PM
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: Officially activated
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (elbow) was activated from the 60-day injured list Sunday.

Nelson has battled injures all season, initially struggling in his return to the club from a shoulder injury in early June. Sidelined with an elbow injury since June 28, Nelson has thrown 17.1 innings since July 21 for Triple-A San Antonio, posting a 6.23 ERA and 1.67 WHIP with 29 strikeouts and 12 walks. While Nelson had been working multiple innings, his last two appearances have been briefer, so his role with the team to close the season remains uncertain.

August 30, 2019 02:56 PM
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: Will be activated Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (elbow) will be activated off the 60-day injured list Sunday, Adam McCalvy of reports.

Nelson was eligible to come off the shelf Aug. 27, but the Brewers will wait to make the move until rosters expand Sunday. The 30-year-old struggled in his brief return to the majors earlier this season, posting an 8.36 ERA, 2.29 WHIP and 15:14 K:BB over 14 innings. Nelson hasn't worked more than three innings in an outing during his rehab stint, and it's not clear what his role will be upon his return.

August 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: Will be considered in September
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (elbow) will be considered for a September call-up, Rich Rovito of AP Sports reports.

Nelson is eligible to be activated from the 60-day injured list Aug. 27, though it's unclear if he'll return to the big leagues at all this season. If he is promoted, it'll likely happen in September when rosters expand.

August 14, 2019 06:44 PM
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: Getting back on track
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (elbow) threw a scoreless inning of relief in a game with Triple-A San Antonio on Tuesday.

It's been a rough season for Nelson, but he is showing signs of getting back on track, allowing just one hit while posting an 8:2 K:BB in 3.2 innings over his last three appearances with San Antonio. Nelson has not thrown more than 1.2 innings in an outing since his last appearance in the big leagues June 25, so if he does return to Milwaukee before the season ends, it's looking like it will be in a bullpen role.

August 5, 2019 06:32 PM
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: Moved to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (elbow) was shifted to the 60-day injured list Monday.

Nelson was placed on the shelf June 28, so following this move, he'll remain sidelined at least until the end of August. He's been pitching in the minors on a rehab assignment since July 17, though the Brewers evidently aren't confident he'll be ready to return until the final month of the 2019 campaign.

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