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Top Nick Nelson News

  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Nabs win as bulk reliever

    Nelson (1-0) allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out three over 5.1 innings to earn the win over the Mets on Sunday.

    Nelson handled a bulk assignment after Matt Strahm opened the game with a perfect first inning. The only run on Nelson's line was a Tim Locastro solo home run in the third inning. This was Nelson's only appearance in the majors this year, and it's likely the 27-year-old right-hander won't be included in the Phillies' postseason plans.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Called up to pitch Sunday

    Nelson was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.

    The right-hander will follow opener Matt Strahm in Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Mets. Nelson has a 4.85 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 69:36 K:BB across 68.2 innings with two starts in 47 appearances for the Phillies.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: To follow opener

    Nelson will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley serve as the bulk reliever behind opener Matt Strahm in Sunday's game against the Mets, Corey Seidman of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

    Initial reports suggested Nelson would start Sunday's regular-season finale, but he'll instead work as a primary pitcher out of the bullpen, which sets him up better to pick up a win. The right-hander has yet to pitch at the big-league level in 2023 after posting a 4.35 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with a 75:42 K:BB across 97.1 frames with Lehigh Valley.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: To start season finale

    Nelson will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start Sunday's game against the Mets, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    The Phillies will be the fourth seed in the National League regardless of what happens over the weekend, but they're nonetheless tasked with recording 27 extra outs thanks to Saturday's doubleheader. The team is sensibly holding back its best arms for the postseason, so it will be the unheralded pair of Nelson and Michael Plassmeyer who make the final two starts of the regular season. Nelson owns a 5.38 ERA in 103.2 career major-league innings, none of which have come in 2023.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Activated off minor-league IL

    Nelson (hamstring) was activated from the injured list Friday at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Tom Housenick of The Morning Call reports.

    Nelson is serving as the starting pitcher for Lehigh Valley on Friday night against the Triple-A affiliate of the Mets. He wound up missing nearly a full month of action due to a left hamstring strain -- his second left hamstring strain of 2023. The 27-year-old has posted a 1.25 ERA in 21.2 minor-league innings this season when healthy.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Injures hamstring Saturday

    Phillies manager Rob Thomson said Nelson suffered a left hamstring injury during his start Saturday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

    Nelson previously opened the season on the Phillies' injured list due to a left hamstring strain before he was activated May 4 and optioned to the minors. After making three consecutive outings for Double-A Reading, Nelson moved into the Triple-A rotation Saturday and gave up one run over four innings, but the hamstring issue resulted in his day ending early. The extent of Nelson's injury isn't yet known, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was forced to miss at least one turn through Lehigh Valley's rotation.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Activated and optioned

    Nelson (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day injured list Thursday and optioned to Double-A Reading.

    Nelson is fully recovered from the left hamstring strain that he suffered in mid-March, but the Phillies don't have a spot for him right now on their active roster. He had been getting stretched out for a starting role on his minor-league rehab assignment, so he'll likely step into Reading's rotation.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Stretching out on rehab assignment

    Nelson (hamstring) made the fourth appearance of his rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Reading, tossing five innings and striking out four while allowing an unearned run on six hits and no walks.

    Nelson has made all but four of his 69 career MLB appearances as a reliever, but the Phillies have been getting him stretched out a starter since he began his rehab assignment April 18. He's scheduled to make another rehab start Sunday, likely with either Reading or Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies don't have a rotation spot available for him at the moment, so Nelson will likely be optioned to Triple-A once his 30-day rehab window closes and he's officially activated from the 15-day injured list.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Set for rehab assignment

    Nelson (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Single-A Clearwater.

    Nelson got the go-ahead after throwing live batting practice without issue over the weekend. He suffered a left hamstring strain in mid-March but is now on track to join the Phillies in a swingman role before the end of April.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Throws bullpen session

    Nelson (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Friday, Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Nelson missed the start of the season with a strained left hamstring but appears to be working his way back to a low-leverage role. He's scheduled for another bullpen session Monday.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Moved to 15-day IL

    Nelson (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day injured list Thursday, retroactive to March 27.

    Nelson suffered a moderate left hamstring strain in mid-March and will not be part of the Opening Day roster mix in Philly. He should be able to fill a swingman role before the end of April.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Shut down with hamstring strain

    Nelson was diagnosed Wednesday with a moderate left hamstring strain, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

    It doesn't sound like a huge long-term concern, but Nelson will be shut down for a bit and might run out of time to get fully ramped up for the beginning of the 2023 regular season. The 27-year-old right-hander had been projected for a swingman role out of the gate in Philly.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: To start Grapefruit League opener

    Nelson will start the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Saturday against the Yankees, Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Nelson projects to serve as a long reliever and/or bullpen-game starter this year for the reigning NL champs, but there's always the possibility that a camp injury or two could thrust him into the Opening Day rotation. He'll probably go about two innings Saturday and build up from there.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Back on roster

    Nelson was added to Philadelphia's roster for the World Series on Friday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

    Nelson was on the roster for the NLDS but didn't make an appearance against Atlanta. The 26-year-old is likely to work in a low-leverage spot if utilized out of the bullpen.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Left off NLCS roster

    Nelson was not included on the Phillies' NLCS roster Tuesday.

    Nelson joined the roster for the NLDS with David Robertson out with a strained calf, but he didn't get the chance to pitch in any of the four games. Robertson is good to go for the NLCS, so Nelson is no longer needed.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Joins roster for NLDS

    Nelson was added to the NLDS roster for the Phillies' series against Atlanta on Tuesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

    Nelson was left off the roster for the NL Wild Card Series but is needed again with David Robertson (calf) unavailable. Nelson is unlikely to see the field in a close game, as he struggled to a 4.85 ERA this season.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Off wild-card roster

    Nelson was left off the Phillies' roster for the NL Wild Card Series against the Cardinals on Friday, Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Nelson spent the full 2022 campaign in Philadelphia's bullpen but won't be included on the opening roster for the playoffs. He appeared in 47 games and had a 4.85 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 69:36 K:BB across 68.2 innings.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Picks up first career save

    Nelson recorded the final out of Friday's 5-3 win over the Nationals to collect his first career save.

    Brad Hand entered the game to begin the ninth inning, but after he surrendered a pair of two-out singles, Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson turned to Nelson to finish up. The right-hander doesn't seem likely to see consistent high-leverage usage going forward, however, as he's posted a 6.75 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 13:8 K:BB through 13.1 innings since the beginning of August.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Opens in loss

    Nelson (3-2) took the loss Tuesday in Atlanta, allowing two runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out three in two innings.

    Nelson opened for the second time this season and held Atlanta scoreless through the first two innings. In the third, he hit Michael Harris and walked Ronald Acuna and was promptly removed. The 26-year-old had allowed only two runs while striking out 17 in 14.2 innings before Tuesday's loss. He'll likely return to a middle-relief role for his next appearance.

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  • Phillies' Nick Nelson: Starting bullpen game

    Nelson will start a bullpen game for the Phillies against Atlanta on Tuesday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

    Nelson served as an opener July 7 against the Nationals and struck out two in two scoreless innings. The right-hander should be able to pitch longer than usual since he hasn't made an appearance since July 26, but he shouldn't be expected to handle a significant workload since the Phillies are planning for a bullpen game. Nelson posted a 1.59 ERA, 15:5 K:BB and 1.24 WHIP in 11.1 innings over eight appearances in July.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Panama City, FL
Age: 28
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R