Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson hadn’t pitched a aggressive inning in opposition to a batter sporting one other crew’s uniform since September 8, 2017. Nelson injured his shoulder diving again into the first-base bag within the sixth inning of that recreation in opposition to the Cubs and had shoulder surgical procedure just a few weeks later.
The rehab course of was laborious, as rehab processes are typically. So when Nelson walked in from the Milwaukee bullpen down the third-base line to begin the sixth inning of the Brewers’ recreation in opposition to the White Sox on Monday, his teammates — dozens and dozens of them nonetheless packed into the dugout simply to see the second — jumped up and lined the rails, arms over their heads cheering for the right-hander, who was a rotation stalwart from 2015-17.
The gang on the ballpark adopted the lead of the gamers, with an enormous cheer that grew right into a standing-and-clapping roar when he was formally introduced.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 11, 2019
“It was superior,” Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress advised SN within the clubhouse after Nelson’s inning. “That was huge for Jimmy, simply getting again on the market. The ovation he obtained, I do know he’s enthusiastic about it.”
Nelson pointed over to the dugout together with his glove hand, acknowledging his teammates, then stepped onto the mound. Usually, by the sixth inning of a spring recreation, the dugout can be almost empty when the crew is enjoying protection. Monday, it was packed.
Even Jhoulys Chacin, the beginning pitcher for the Brewers, stayed as an alternative of heading into the clubhouse. He’s watched Nelson’s rehab journey, so in fact he stayed.
“It provides you chills,” Chacin mentioned.
Nelson was greeted by a house run, on a 1-Zero pitch to Adam Engel, however no person sporting a Brewers jersey cared one bit about that. Nelson completed his one inning with three strikeouts, two runs and 4 hits allowed.
“He struck out three guys and needed to get by means of it somewhat bit, which is how the sport works,” supervisor Craig Counsell mentioned.
And White Sox hitters went down swinging in all three strikeouts.
“What he did in the present day, simply getting again on the market, his velocity was nice, he threw a pair nasty sliders on the market,” Jeffress mentioned. “What he did in the present day was progress, that’s for certain.”
When he got here out of the sport, after hanging out Danny Mendick, his teammates got here out to greet him. It was a cool scene.
Jimmy Nelson simply pitched his first inning in opposition to one other crew since 2017. His Brewers teammates spilled out of the dugout to congratulate him.
Very cool. pic.twitter.com/3PKiEhs0uo
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) March 11, 2019
“Not many instances within the sixth inning you see that many guys within the dugout,” Chacin mentioned. “That’s one thing, you may inform we’re collectively and we’re household. We help our guys. We all know Jimmy, how onerous he’s been working the final yr and a half to do that, to make a comeback.”