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Injury Updates: Jeremy Jeffress and Jimmy Nelson to start season on IL; Jeffress will not return until “mid-to-late April”

As expected, two of the Brewers pitchers will begin the season on the injured list.

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Opening Day is just 9 days away for the Milwaukee Brewers. The roster is coming together, and we now have updates on how two of the Brewers’ injured pitchers will begin the season. Both Jeremy Jeffress and Jimmy Nelson will open the season on the 10-day IL.

Jeremy Jeffress has been held out of games since his first game on March 6, where he exited after throwing three pitches. He’s been dealing with some shoulder weakness since then and has been building back his strength, but with just over a week until the season starts, he will need a little more time before he will be ready. However, it’s not expected to be much more than a few weeks into the season before he will make his return. For now, he will remain in extended spring training, after a trip to Milwaukee to be there for the Opening Day festivities. While there’s no definitive date for his return, mid to late April is the current hope, though manager Craig Counsell declined to commit to that.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Nelson is also making progress in his return from shoulder surgery. He pitched 3 innings in a game on Saturday, and is not too far out from pitching in a MLB game again. However, he will need a little more time before he’ll be ready for full action. The plan is for him to pitch in San Antonio for a few starts, then re-evaluate where he is at. While David Stearns did not give a return date for him, if he looks good after 2-3 starts, that could put him also in line for a mid-to-late April return.

Though it is a little discouraging to see two of the Brewers better pitchers starting the season on the injured list, it looks like they will not be gone for long. Both are on track to return early in the season, and if that holds, it could be a nice boost to the team a few weeks in.