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#pounditMonday, January 17, 2022

Brewers lose ace Jimmy Nelson for rest of season

The Milwaukee Brewers’ playoff hopes took a big hit on Friday night in the form of an injury to their ace pitcher.

The team confirmed Saturday that their ace right-hander, Jimmy Nelson, will miss the remainder of the season due to a strained rotator cuff and partial labrum tear in his right shoulder suffered when he was sliding back into first base against the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

This is a huge blow for the Brewers. They had already had at least some concerns about their starting pitching — they looked into the top names on the market back at the trade deadline — but Nelson, with his 3.49 ERA, had comfortably been the team’s best pitcher. Milwaukee sits three games out of the second wild card spot and four behind the Cubs in the NL Central, but an injury to their ace may ensure that both deficits are too much to overcome.

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