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.
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.
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.
Nelson has been shut down from throwing after experiencing lower-body discomfort coming out of Wednesday's bullpen session, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com 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.
Nelson appears healthy after Thursday's bullpen session, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com 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.
Nelson (groin/back) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com 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.
Nelson (groin) has shown improvement but won't throw off the mound for multiple days, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com 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.
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.
Nelson experienced some groin soreness during his bullpen session this weekend, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com 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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/04||@ CHC||L 1-7||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|05/01||@ MIL||L 5-6||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|04/30||@ MIL||L 1-3||0.2||0||0||1||0|
|04/27||vs CIN||L 5-6||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|04/25||vs SD||L 7-8||2.0||4||2||2||3|
|04/23||vs SD||L 1-6||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|04/19||@ SEA||L 3-4||1.0||0||0||0||0|
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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|