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Dodgers News: RHP Jimmy Nelson Not Likely to Help LA This Season

It’s been more than a hard road back for Jimmy Nelson. The Los Angeles Dodgers reliever has been trying to return to the majors since having Tommy John surgery in 2021, and it doesn’t look like that return will happen in 2023, per Eric Stephen of True Blue LA.

The team has to make an official decision as to the right-hander’s near future on Monday, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be back with the Dodgers after his rehab assignment with Oklahoma City, the team’s Triple-A affiliate.

He’d done somewhat well for himself down on the farm, posting a 3.00 ERA over six appearances with OKC, but it looks as if Nelson won’t be making the jump back up to the Dodgers soon.

That’s a blow for a Los Angeles bullpen that had already been dealing with injuries, with fellow righty Daniel Hudson the most recent Dodger reliever to hit the injured list.

There was hope that Nelson could return at some point down the stretch for LA and help a relief group that has been mired with performance issues this year, and even though the news isn’t official as of now, it doesn’t look good for the 34-year-old.

So LA will move forward likely absent the quality righty, who’d put up a 1.86 ERA in 2021 before his tenure with the Dodgers was hampered by injuries.

Los Angeles’ bullpen has been shaky this season with a collective 4.47 ERA this year despite recent improvements and it doesn’t seem if they’ll get a key reinforcement in Nelson back in the fold.

Matt Wagner

Matt Wagner was born and raised in southern California, and he lived there before moving to Colorado and getting his B.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2022. He relocated back to southern California in 2023 and is looking forward to covering the Dodgers again here at Dodgers Nation. Some of his past work is in Bleacher Report, Dodgers Tailgate, and, most recently, Colorado Buffaloes Wire. Aside from writing, you can probably catch him petting the nearest dog or eating some good Mexican food.

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