Any optimism that Jimmy Nelson would be ok after last night’s injury was just wiped out earlier this afternoon. Prior to their game against the Cubs, the Brewers announced that Nelson would miss the rest of the season.
.@Jimmy_J_Nelson will miss the remainder of the season with a right rotator cuff strain and partial anterior labrum tear.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 9, 2017
Nelson was injured in last night’s game against the Cubs, when he injured the shoulder diving into first base in the fifth inning. He remained in to pitch the fifth before coming out of the game with the injury, and was scheduled for tests earlier today that revealed the injury.
This is a huge blow to the playoff hopes for the Brewers. Nelson was putting together a career season, posting a 3.46 ERA, 126 ERA+ and 3.04 FIP with 199 strikeouts and just 48 walks. Nelson led the team in innings pitched at 175.1, and has been their most consistent pitcher this season.
With 21 games to go, the Brewers will have to figure out how to get by without Nelson as they continue to chase a playoff spot. Chase Anderson will pitch today, with Zach Davies, Brandon Woodruff, and Brent Suter scheduled for the next three days (Counsell confirmed that Suter will start Tuesday). The Brewers will need four more starts out of the “#5 spot”, though with two of those before off-days, bullpen games are a possibility. The main starting options currently on the roster would be Junior Guerra and Matt Garza, with Jorge Lopez and Taylor Jungmann also available in the minors. It could also be someone from off the 40-man roster, which the Brewers will also evaluate.
Even though this is a big blow to the Brewers, the season isn’t over yet. Jimmy Nelson will definitely be missed in the rotation, but there are still games to play. It’s just a matter of who will step up to fill that role.
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