Nelson pitched a perfect inning against Atlanta on Friday, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
The right-hander was activated from the injured list Thursday and got into Friday's contest in the sixth inning. He struck out Ozzie Albies and Austin Riley before retiring Dansby Swanson on a lineout. Nelson has emerged as a critical part of the Dodgers' bullpen this season after missing all of 2020. His 14.5 K/9 on the season ranks 11th among MLB relievers who have logged at least 10 innings.
Nelson (forearm) was activated off the injured list Thursday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Nelson has battled more than his fair share of injuries in recent seasons, but his latest wasn't a particularly worrisome one, as he'll wind up missing just two weeks due to right forearm inflammation. He was pitching quite well prior to the injury, posting a 2.41 ERA and 1.18 WHIP while striking out 39.0 percent of opposing batters in his 18.2 innings of work. He should handle a fairly high-leverage role upon his return but is unlikely to be in the mix for a ninth-inning role.
Nelson (forearm) threw a batting practice session Tuesday and could come off the injured list by the weekend, the Associated Press reports.
Nelson has been on the injured list since May 20, but he has been throwing often enough to potentially return to the club without first embarking on a rehab stint. The right-hander has pitched well in relief for the Dodgers this season, posting a 2.41 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, two holds, one win and a 30:11 K:BB across 18.2 innings.
Nelson (forearm) is scheduled to face live hitters Tuesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
The 31-year-old completed a bullpen session Saturday and will move to the next step of his rehab program. Nelson has been on the shelf with forearm inflammation since May 23, so he may not require a rehab stint since he was only briefly shut down from throwing.
Nelson (forearm) is scheduled to throw a bullpen this weekend, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Nelson has been on the injured list with right forearm inflammation since Sunday, but he'll resume mound work this weekend. The right-hander is also slated to throw live BP on Tuesday, so he appears to be progressing well in his recovery so far.
The Dodgers placed Nelson on the 10-day injured list Sunday due to right forearm inflammation.
Phil Bickford was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to replace Nelson, who likely developed the injury during his most recent relief appearance Thursday against the Diamondbacks. After David Price worked the first two innings of that game as an opener, Nelson came on and dominated over the next two frames, striking out a season-high five batters. The Dodgers will hope that Nelson won't end up missing more than the minimum amount of time with the forearm issue, as the 31-year-old has emerged as a key piece out of the bullpen.
Nelson pitched 1.2 innings, allowing no runs on one hit and two walks while striking out three Sunday against the Marlins. He did not factor into the decision.
In his first start as a Dodger, Nelson served as the opener and delivered 1.2 scoreless innings. He struck out three of the five batters he faced. The 32-year-old has a 2.70 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 16.2 innings. He hasn't allowed a home run this season and boasts a 13.5 K/9.
Nelson will start Sunday's game against the Marlins, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 31-year-old will make his first start since 2019 with the Brewers, though he's only expected to cover two or three innings. Nelson has been a solid bullpen piece for the Dodgers so far in 2021 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 22:9 K:BB across 15 innings.
Nelson was tagged with a blown save in Sunday's loss to the Padres, pitching two innings and allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three.
With usual closer Kenley Jansen unavailable to pitch in the series finale, Nelson was called upon to try for his first career save with Los Angeles clinging to a two-run ninth-inning lead. The veteran couldn't get the job done, giving up a pair of runs on four singles and a walk. He came back out for the 10th inning and did a good job of keeping San Diego off the board, but the Padres eventually won the thriller in 11 frames. Nelson came into the contest having thrown five straight scoreless outings, yielding only one hit and two walks over that stretch. He'll likely return to a less pressure-packed role with Jansen resuming his regular closer duties.
Nelson pitched two-thirds of an inning against Colorado on Thursday, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out one. He also uncorked two wild pitches.
Nelson was detrimentally wild in his first appearance since 2019, throwing only 15 of 28 pitches for strikes and twice watching runners cross the plate following a wild pitch. The right-hander made the Dodgers' roster in a bullpen role as the result of a strong spring, and it would be understandable if his ineffectiveness Thursday was at least partially tied to rust and nerves. He'll get more opportunities to prove he still has something left in the tank, though Nelson doesn't figure to pitch in high-leverage spots out of the gate.
Nelson was added to the team's 40-man roster Thursday.
Nelson was in camp as a non-roster invitee, but he's seemingly done enough to make the Opening Day roster. He's thrown seven innings across four appearances, surrendering no earned runs while striking out nine and walking only one. Nelson figures to pitch out of the bullpen, potentially in a multi-inning role.
Nelson completed two perfect innings in Tuesday's Cactus League contest against the Reds, striking out three batters.
Nelson needed a mere 20 pitches to retire all six batters he faced, racking up three strikeouts in the process. The veteran has impressed in his two spring starts, allowing only an unearned run and one hit while striking out four over three frames. He appears healthy and could be making a push for a roster spot, though he could start in a relief role if he makes the team. Per Eric Stephen of SBNation.com, Nelson would be open to such a scenario.
Nelson worked effectively with his fastball and slider Thursday against the Cubs, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Nelson was sitting between 94 and 96 miles per hour with his fastball and also generated at least one whiff with his slider. After missing the entire 2020 campaign while recovering from back surgery, Nelson is back to full health and has a chance to win the fifth slot in the Dodgers' rotation. While it doesn't seem likely that Nelson will be able to hold a rotation spot all season long due to the team's depth, it's nevertheless a positive that he's been relatively sharp early on this spring.
Nelson (back) was included in manager Dave Roberts' comments about potential starters during the 2021 campaign, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
Nelson is in camp as a non-roster invitee after missing all of last season due to back surgery, so his path to a roster spot among a deep Dodgers staff appears rocky. Still, the right-hander has enjoyed plenty of big-league success in the past, so a comeback is not out of the question if he's able to prove he still has some gas in the tank during spring training. Nelson has already thrown a bullpen session during camp, so he at least appears recovered from the issues that set him back in 2020.
Nelson (back) signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
Nelson's $2 million team option was declined by the Dodgers at the end of October, but he'll return to the organization on a minor-league pact. He underwent lumbar surgery in July that forced him to miss the entire 2020 season, and the right-hander has now missed two of the past three seasons due to injuries. However, Nelson will get to work with the major-league coaching staff during spring training as he attempts to work his way back into game action.
Nelson (back) had his $2 million team option declined by the Dodgers on Friday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Nelson missed the entire 2020 season after undergoing lumbar surgery in early July, and he'll receive a $500,000 buyout from the Dodgers as he prepares for free agency. The 31-year-old's health is unclear heading into the offseason. He made 10 appearances (three starts) for the Brewers in 2019, but Nelson has now missed two of the past three seasons due to injuries.
Nelson (back) landed on the 45-day injured list Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com 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.
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.
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.
Nelson (lower body) threw 17 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday and emerged healthy, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com 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.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/18||@ ARI||W 3-0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/14||vs PHI||W 3-1||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|06/11||vs TEX||W 12-1||1.0||0||0||1||2|
|06/04||@ ATL||W 9-5||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|05/20||vs ARI||W 3-2||2.0||0||0||0||5|
|05/16||vs MIA||L 2-3||1.2||1||0||2||3|
|05/12||vs SEA||W 7-1||2.0||0||0||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2011||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||146.0||26||25||1||8||9||0||120||65||146||4.38||1.445|
|2012||AFA-Brevard County Manat||81.1||13||13||1||4||4||0||77||25||63||2.22||1.085|
|2019||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||2||9.00||2.000|
|2019||AAA-San Antonio Missions||40.1||16||4||0||3||2||0||57||24||33||4.71||1.421|