After almost two full years, Jimmy Nelson will throw a pitch in a Major League game tonight against the Miami Marlins.
Twenty-one months of rehab and recovery and bullpen sessions have come to an end, and at this point, whether we see the 2017 Jimmy Nelson is mostly irrelevant. He’s beaten the odds of having shoulder surgery, and just making it back to a big league mound is a huge accomplishment and a testament to how hard he’s worked in that time.
To make room for Nelson on the 25-man roster, the Brewers optioned Taylor Williams back to San Antonio.
RHP Jimmy Nelson has been recalled from Triple-A San Antonio and will start tonight. RHP Taylor Williams has been optioned to San Antonio. pic.twitter.com/wa6mY8nJ66— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 5, 2019
That shouldn’t come as a surprise, even before Williams gave up the brunt of Tuesday night’s damage against the Marlins. He ended up getting charged with 8 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while only getting one out. Williams has been on the San Antonio Shuttle already this season and was likely to go down again at some point. He’ll probably be back at some point, too, although it’ll take some time to dig out of the 12.66 ERA he now has on the season.
The Brewers could use a feel-good moment after Tuesday night, and Nelson making his re-debut will be it, regardless of how well he pitches tonight. For two years, we’ve been saying we shouldn’t count on Nelson being a member of the Brewers’ rotation until he was throwing a pitch in an official Brewers game -- and now that day is here.
As if that’s not enough, it’s happening on his 30th birthday.