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Report: Jimmy Nelson returning to Brewers in 2018 'unlikely'

Report: Jimmy Nelson returning to Brewers in 2018 'unlikely'
Posted at 12:22 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 15:00:20-04

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers may be receiving a blow to their 2018 playoff hopes with injury news to the pitcher that was a similar blow to their 2017 chances.

Journal Sentinel beat writer and WTMJ Brewers 360 contributor Tom Haudricourt says that, according to both Brewers manager Craig Counsell and general manager David Stearns, Jimmy Nelson's recovery path from his torn labrum and strained rotator cuff injury in 2017 makes it "unlikely" that he will pitch at all in the 2018 regular season.

Stearns told Haudricourt that the Brewers are "running out of time" to get Nelson back for 2018, and Counsell explained that it's "due to pace of his rehab right now."

However, Counsell said the team is "not ruling it 100% out."

Before his injury in September 2017, Nelson was 17-12 with a 3.49 ERA and has been one of Milwaukee's most consistent starters in recent years.

Milwaukee missed the playoffs without Nelson in 2017. Their starting pitchers this year have a combined 44-35 without him.