The Colorado Rockies will have Chris Nelson available today as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee. Nelson missed the final spring game, but he says he'll be ready for this afternoon's opener. It'd be difficult to miss Opening Day, so Nelson is making sure he's ready.
Thomas Harding of MLB.com says Nelson was battling a stomach bug, but he returned to the Rockies in Milwaukee to take part in drills and preparation for the season yesterday. After that, he declared himself ready for today's Opening Day matchup. Nelson was actually sent to Milwaukee ahead of the team yesterday as they did not want his illness to spread on the trip to Salt Lake City for the final spring game on Saturday.
Nelson, 27, is entering his fourth season with the Rockies. The infielder has been impressive at times, but he's looking for consistency. Last season may have been his breakout year. In 111 games, Nelson hit .301/.352/.458. He is a .284/.327/.427 hitter overall in his career. The Rockies are hoping Nelson can avoid a back slide into his poor 2011 number. That season, in limited action, Nelson hit .250/.280/.383. His 2012 number seem to bode well for his future as the sample size was not so small that it could be written off.
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