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.
David Stearns said the Brewers discussed a number of options with Jimmy Nelson, including being optioned to Triple-A to continue to start. But Nelson has 5+ years of service, so he had a say. So, "we all agreed," Stearns said, on a move to the 'pen for now.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) June 22, 2019
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?
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Left him in the rotation
Sent him to AAA
Moved him to the bullpen