Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Milwaukee Brewers ace Jimmy Nelson suffers season-ending injury

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Lillian Steele | 10 September, 2017, 15:33

Jimmy Nelson will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a partial labrum tear and right rotator cuff strain, the team announced Saturday.

Nelson, 28, had been up and down over his first three full seasons in Milwaukee, but had taken a huge step forward this season to arguably become manager Craig Counsell's ace in the rotation. Nelson's six games with double-digit strikeouts this season (had 11 in his last start last Friday versus Washington) are the most by a Brewer in a season since Gallardo in 2010 (seven).

With four doubles at Pittsburgh earlier this week, Kris Bryant became just the second third baseman all-time to record at least 60 extra-base hits in each of his three career Major League Baseball seasons (based on primary position in first three seasons). That's all that the Brewers needed to keep within striking distance of the Cubs NL Central lead. Milwaukee also entered Saturday three games behind Colorado for the second wildcard.

The Brewers will be without perhaps their most reliable starting pitcher as they make a last-ditch run at a playoff spot. Kyle Hendricks will start the finale and is 6-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season.

That's the reality from a talent standpoint. Their confidence and resilience has been strong all season, and there's no reason to believe that will change any time soon.

In Garza's defense, the Brewer hitters didn't show up again.

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