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UPDATE: Brewers calling up prospect Jimmy Nelson; Marco Estrada moved to bullpen

Jul 10, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

Jimmy Nelson Brewers AP

UPDATE: It’s official. Nelson will be promoted to the majors to start Saturday while Estrada is headed to the bullpen.

2:17 p.m. ET: Almost one month ago I wrote a post wondering when the Brewers would call up pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson from Triple-A and it sounds like the time has come.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel just wrote: “Don’t be surprised if the Brewers call up Jimmy Nelson to start Saturday against St. Louis. That’s all I’ll say for now.”

That’s a well-connected veteran beat reporter trying to be coy rather than fully committing to breaking the news, but it’s pretty safe to say Nelson is on the way to the majors.

For now Marco Estrada is scheduled to start Saturday, but he’s been terrible all season while serving up an NL-high 27 homers in 18 starts. Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Nelson has a 1.46 ERA and 114/32 K/BB ratio in 111 innings at Triple-A and has improved his stock dramatically this season by cutting his walks while maintaining an excellent strikeout rate.

  1. kevinsterne - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    finally. So long Marco Estrada. Good riddance

  2. Jeff - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    the jolt heard ’round Milwaukee, and boy can they use one right about now

  3. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    The Cardinals can never hit new rookie pitchers they’ve never seen before. well played Milwaukee.

  4. uwsptke - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    The Brewers were likely waiting as long as possible to make this move in order to keep Nelson from attaining “Super Two” arbitration status. Given his previous call-ups, they needed to wait until mid-July to be safe.

    • Homesforsaleinfriscotx - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:44 AM

      And in doing so, may cost themselves a playoff spot depending on many factors. But if they finish a game or two out of a playoff spot, and Nelson pitches way better than Estrada and might have made up those 1-2 games they needed, the Brewers end up forfeiting more millions than they gain by stiffing Nelson, the fans, and their own players.

      I have nothing against the Brewers, just owners who cut off their nose to spite their face trying to add another 6 zeros to their huge stockpile already, rather than let necessity play the hand out. I hope the owners get burned and the Brewer fans boycott. This crap has to stop.

      • lifer124 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Except Estrada hasn’t pitched that horribly his last few starts, the offense has just gone to hell. But yeah, it will be because of Estrada that they might miss the playoffs by a couple games.

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