After missing an entire year due to a shoulder injury

1 post w tym temacie , the former ace is itching to get back to work, but the front office is preaching caution"Brewers On Deck is today, with thousands of Brewers fans flocking to Milwaukee for meet-and-greets with players who may end up getting stuck in town if this week’s winter storm is as bad as expected.For a lot of guys representing the local nine, it’s our first chance to get updates on how they’re thinking and feeling just a few weeks before Spring Training gets underway. This year there’s a special interest in Jimmy Nelson, who’s expected to make his long-awaited return to the mound after a frustrating year of recovery from a shoulder injury.Last year at On Deck, the word from the coaching staff was that Nelson could have been ready to contribute by June. It turns out that was an overly-optimistic estimation by former pitching coach Derek Johnson, as Nelson’s progress plateaued about that time and he ended up never making an appearance in a competitive game.Nelson has maintained that the chains will be off for him come Spring Training, though, and he set a lofty goal for himself at this year’s On Deck:Considering it’s been more than a year since he’s played in competitive games Willie McCovey Jersey , making the start on Opening Day may be unrealistic. Newly minted President of Baseball Operations and GM David Stearns more or less said as much when he was asked about Nelson’s comments a little later in the morning:The organization likely learned its lesson on getting their (and our) hopes up on Nelson. But as Stearns said, it’s hard not to like Nelson’s confidence at this point. Still, we likely shouldn’t count on Nelson as a contributor until he’s actually on the roster — and shown he’s shaken off the rust. As Craig Counsell noted, they may also have to protect Nelson from himself to a certain extent:Nelson returning and pitching like the Jimmy Nelson of 2017 would be a huge win for the 2019 Brewers, but they shouldn’t be counting on it — and it doesn’t look like they are, at least at this point. Anything Nelson can provide this year would likely be considered gravy. Texas Rangers (35-30, second in the AL West) vs. Boston Red Sox (34-33, third in the AL East)Boston; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Boston heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Chris Sale. Sale threw seven innings Mel Ott Jersey , giving up zero runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts against Texas.Article continues below ...The Red Sox are 15-16 on their home turf. Boston has a team on-base percentage of .332, good for third in the American League. Mookie Betts leads the lineup with a mark of .377.The Rangers are 11-18 on the road. The Texas offense has compiled a .258 batting average as a team this season, good for seventh in the MLB. Elvis Andrus leads the team with a mark of .303. The Rangers won the last meeting 4-3. Jesse Chavez notched his second victory and Danny Santana went 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI for Texas. Ryan Brasier took his third loss for Boston.TOP PERFORMERS: Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with 12 home runs and is slugging .510. Andrew Benintendi has 11 hits and is batting .306 over the last 10 games for Boston.Andrus leads the Rangers with 70 hits and has 34 RBIs. Nomar Mazara is 12-for-42 with a double, a home run and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Texas.LAST 10 GAMES: Red Sox: 5-5, .251 batting average, 4.06 ERA, outscored opponents by three runsRangers: 7-3, .283 batting average, 3.88 ERA , outscored opponents by 14 runsRed Sox Injuries: Hector Velazquez: 10-day IL (back), Tyler Thornburg: 10-day IL (hip), Brian Johnson: 10-day IL (elbow), Nathan Eovaldi: 10-day IL (elbow), Dustin Pedroia: 60-day IL (knee), Steve Pearce: 10-day IL (back), Mitch Moreland: 10-day IL (quad), Tzu-Wei Lin: 10-day IL (knee).Rangers Injuries: Edinson Volquez: 60-day IL (elbow), Yohander Mendez: 60-day IL (elbow) Matt Williams Jersey , Taylor Hearn: 60-day IL (elbow), Luke Farrell: 60-day IL (jaw), Kyle Dowdy: 10-day IL (elbow), Scott Heineman: 60-day IL (shoulder), Joey Gallo: 10-day IL (oblique), Willie Calhoun: 10-day IL (quad), Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 10-day IL (finger).

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