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Milwaukee Brewers to move Jimmy Nelson to the bullpen

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He will make his first appearances out of the pen since 2014

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The Milwaukee Brewers are moving Jimmy Nelson to the bullpen according to beat writer Adam McCalvy.

Nelson has been awful in his three starts since returning from injury. Through 12 innings over three starts, Nelson has allowed 13 earned runs with a 13:10 K:BB ratio and a 2.17 WHIP. After Jimmy surrendered five runs in five innings in his last start against the Reds — including a bases-loaded walk in the first inning — it was obvious that he needed more recovery time.

Ideally, the Brewers would send Nelson down to AAA San Antonio to stay stretched out as a starter, but Jimmy has over five years of service time, which means he can refuse minor league assignments. David Stearns reportedly consulted with Nelson on what would be best for the team and they agreed to move him to the pen, signaling that he either declined an optional assignment or would have had the Brewers attempted to send him on one.

Nelson has only made five relief appearances in his career, split between 2013 and 2014. He allowed just two runs in 6.1 innings.


What would you have done with Jimmy Nelson following his three bad starts?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Left him in the rotation
    (38 votes)
  • 50%
    Sent him to AAA
    (379 votes)
  • 30%
    Moved him to the bullpen
    (224 votes)
  • 13%
    Released him
    (104 votes)
745 votes total Vote Now