Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/29/13
Jimmy Nelson might need a bit more seasoning in the minor leagues before he sticks with the Milwaukee Brewers for good. But the big right-hander is coming and coming fast. "It may be too soon. He probably could use going back to Triple-A for a little bit" said manager Ron Roenicke. "But I don't know the circumstances we're going to be in. I don't know what's going to happen with the other guys. "He's coming along fast but I think he needs to pitch some. He's got good stuff. I like him." Nelson 24 made his first big-league start Saturday and other than a very wild fourth acquitted himself well over five innings. He was long gone when the Brewers pulled out their third consecutive 4-2 victory over the New York Mets this time in 10 innings at Citi Field. Nelson who began the year at Class AA Huntsville before moving up to Class AAA Nashville allowed only one hit and one run before exiting. He said he had trouble gripping the ball during the fourth inning when he walked three hitters uncorked a wild pitch and missed the strike zone by a lot on some pitches. "It wasn't pretty but I tried to do my best to keep us in there and give us a chance to win" said Nelson. "The bullpen really picked me up. And we had great defense. I didn't make as many quality pitches as I wanted to but it's not going to be there every day so I just tried to battle through it. "I was just having a tough time with the ball having a hard time getting my grip. There were a lot of pitches that sailed on me. They just slipped out really. You don't miss by that much without something going on. That's been my biggest adjustment to this level truthfully just getting a grip on the ball. "That's an adjustment I have to make and now I know that coming into next year. The ball's the same; it's just slick. I don't know how else to explain it. I just tried to calm down and force contact and let the defense work behind me." Roenicke wasn't certain at the time what was going on with Nelson in the fourth inning but felt strongly about putting him back on the mound in the fifth. "We wanted to see how he rebounds and he was OK" said Roenicke. "He had a lot left. He didn't want to come out of that ball game. We had decided before the game where he was going to be with his pitch count." As for what chance he might have at making the rotation next spring Nelson said "I can't think about that. I've just got to get myself in the best shape this off-season and work just as hard if not harder than last off-season. Then come to spring training and control what I can control." The game got a bit crazy in the late innings and a lot of that had to do with relievers Rob Wooten Brandon Kintzler and Jim Henderson being off-limits for duty. Roenicke often uses that threesome to pitch the seventh eighth and ninth innings with small leads but they have seen a lot of action in recent weeks as the Brewers put together a strong finish.
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