Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson out for rest of 2017

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Chase Anderson takes the mound opposite left-hander Mike Montgomery while the team awaits word on Jimmy Nelson, who was to undergo testing today on his right shoulder.

Manager Craig Counsell said afterward he was "optimistic" about Nelson's prognosis, as the pitcher had told team officials he wasn't in any significant pain. 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).




Jimmy Nelson is eight strikeouts shy of becoming the first Brewers pitcher with at least 200 strikeouts in a single season since Yovani Gallardo in 2012 (204). This season is also the first of Nelson's five-year career in which he's finished with a winning record. He is 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA, a career high for victories. Milwaukee trails the Rockies by three games in the race for the second NL Wild Card spot. Considering the Brewers were being built to win in another year or two more so than right now, they can't afford to be down a man at any position for the stretch run. If the Brewers are to overcome that deficit and make their first postseason appearance since 2011, they'll have to do it behind a rotation led by 16-game victor winner Zach Davies, veteran Matt Garza and breakout pitcher Chase Anderson.

In Garza's defense, the Brewer hitters didn't show up again. At times this season, he was productive.

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