The Injury Returners
Jimmy Nelson, Brent Suter
Both pitchers are on the 60 day IL and both are close to returning to the roster. Brent Suter just had his best rehab start yet down in Triple-A, going four innings, giving up just one hit, no runs, no walks, and six strikeouts. He’s going to get at least one more start before the minor league season ends and then we’ll likely see him back for September.
Will Suter get starts? We’ll see, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him come out of the bullpen in his first few outings back.
Jimmy Nelson is also progressing well in his return from his elbow injury. It’s been a long road for Nelson since that 2017 shoulder injury, just returning earlier this year, but he battled his command and endurance during his starts. He was demoted to the bullpen and then continued to struggle before hitting the IL.
In his last four outings, covering eight innings, Nelson has given up just one run and one hit while striking out 14 batters. While Nelson likely isn’t ready to rejoin the Brewers rotation, he could make an impact out of the bullpen in short stints before rejoining the rotation next year.
Since both pitchers are on the 60 day IL, they’ll have to be added back to the 40 man roster, meaning someone else will have to be designated for assignment for either one to return.
Call up chances: 75%