Dodgers: Dave Roberts Confirms Next Steps for Injured Reliever Jimmy Nelson
There’s more good news on the health front for your Los Angeles Dodgers. It looks like injured reliever Jimmy Nelson may only miss the minimum 10-days on the injured list. The right-hander hit the IL last week after experiencing forearm soreness following his first start since the 2019 season (albeit as an opener).
He shut down his throwing briefly, but now Dave Roberts laid out what the next week will look like for the reliever. Spoiler, it includes throwing.
Jimmy played catch [on Thursday]. I think he’s planning on getting off a mound on Sunday. And we’ll set up a potential live batting practice on Tuesday, and if that goes well, then hopefully we can activate him on Friday or Saturday.
After a rocky start, Nelson has been a key contributor in the Dodger bullpen. In 16 games, he’s posted a 2.41 ERA with an even better 1.83 FIP over 18.2 innings pitched. While he’s struggled a bit with command (11 walks), his big fastball and curveball have combined to strike out 30 batters.
The Nelson update came on a day where Roberts confirmed the returns of Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry who are both joining the team today as they play game three against the Giants.
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