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Jimmy Nelson throws two innings, ‘feels good’ in intrasquad game

Nelson checks another item off his recovery timeline

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers-Media Day Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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.

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.