At the time Los Angeles Angels third baseman Chris Nelson sustained his hamstring injury on Aug. 28, there was some expectation that he would eventually be shut down for the remainder of the season. However, Nelson was able to work his way back to full health, as the Angels activated him from the disabled list yesterday.
Nelson told reporters -- including Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com -- that it was "important" for him to work his way back and take his rehab seriously.
"I thought it was very important," Nelson said.
"That's why every day I took the rehab serious, and I got in there and got
what I needed to get done so I can try to get back out there on the field. Plus
I didn't want to finish the season on the DL. That was a personal goal of
In total, Nelson missed three weeks due to his right strained hamstring. The initial diagnosis had him requiring at least six and potentially eight weeks to return, a range that was past the end of the regular season.
It's hard to praise a player for rehabbing hard when it's their job, but in this case it would seem that Nelson went above and beyond. You may disagree, but I think it should also be taken into consideration that the Angels are not vying for a playoff spot, meaning Nelson worked this hard to rejoin a non-contending team.
While his performance at the plate as the team's regular at third base wasn't overly impressive prior to his injury, Nelson's return should certainly impress Angels' coaches and front-office members.
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