After experiencing no issues following a “one inning” live batting practice session earlier this week, Jimmy Nelson took the mound today at the Brewers’ training complex to simulate a multi-inning appearance — the next step on his road to getting back to pitching in a competitive setting.
As there has been every step of the way for Nelson this spring, there was plenty of attention:
Jimmy Nelson’s sim game was a happening. The field is wired with video and data collection devices, so the Brewers can analyze much more than radar gun readings to see where he’s at. pic.twitter.com/sUhborOtvi— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 7, 2019
As Adam McCalvy noted, there’s much more to Nelson’s recovery and effectiveness than just radar readings, but we also saw some of those for the first time since his injury. Per McCalvy, Nelson appeared to be sitting at 90-91 mph — lower than the 93.9 mph he was averaging in 2017, but to be expected given the time off and the setting in which he’s currently pitching.
McCalvy also gave the caveat that it’s entirely possible he missed a couple higher readings, but did also provide this video of Nelson in action against Erik Kratz — even drawing a swing and a miss against the man that homered in yesterday’s game against Arizona.
I saw 90s and 91s in Jimmy Nelson’s two-inning sim, but wasn’t watching the gun the whole time. The important part is he threw all his pitches with no apparent issues. pic.twitter.com/VnXuHRP0E3— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 7, 2019
Nelson said he doesn’t know what his next step will be — the Brewers have been very careful not to announce those next steps until they can be sure there weren’t any setbacks — but if he can get through a simulated two innings without any problems, an appearance in a Cactus League game may not be far off.