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Brewers to call up Jimmy Nelson

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The Brewers are set to call up right-hander Jimmy Nelson for their Wednesday matinee against the Marlins, manager Craig Counsell told reporters Sunday. It’s been a long road back to the majors for Nelson, who has been laid up since September 2017 after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn labrum and strained rotator cuff.

Nelson, 29, suffered the season-ending injury after dislocating his shoulder on a slide into first base several years ago. While there was some optimism surrounding a potential return to the rotation in 2018, complications set his timetable back further than he would have liked.

“Jimmy’s [surgery] was not run-of-the-mill shoulder surgery,” Counsell said in a statement. “It’s required some extra work. He’s certainly put in the work, and credit to him for that. He’s aced that part of it. It still took him more than he would have liked, but that’s the way it worked, and that’s the way he healed.”

Prior to the injury, Nelson was about to polish off the best season of his five-year career to date. He placed ninth among 2017 NL Cy Young Award candidates after turning in a 12-6 record in 29 starts and a 3.49 ERA, 2.5 BB/9, 10.2 SO/9, and 4.8 fWAR across 175 1/3 innings. While he’s gone untested in the majors since then, he showed some promise in a rehab stint this spring, going 3-0 in four starts with 11 runs, 12 walks, and 29 strikeouts scattered across his first 24 innings in Triple-A Nashville.

Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, the veteran righty is expected to supplant an injured Jhoulys Chacín in the rotation for the time being. Chacín hit the 10-day injured list on Sunday with a lower back strain after taking an at-bat against the Pirates’ Chris Archer on Friday.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

The MLB Playoffs are underway!
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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that fans will be able to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series Games. Both will take place in Texas which has been one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year.

“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas with a ticket sales announcement expected soon,” said Manfred to reporters at USA Today Sports. “One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys allowed over 21,000 fans into AT&T Stadium for the home opener. However, the MLB is still waiting for approval from Texas government officials. ALCS and NLCS games are expected to begin on October 11 and 12, respectively.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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