Jimmy Nelson cannot catch a break.
In 2017 Nelson was finishing up his best season of his career. He was on his way toward placing 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 innings. It was a sweet season.
Late in that season, however, Nelson suffered a dislocated his shoulder after diving back to first base following a single he had half a thought of turning into a double. He underwent surgery to repair a partially torn labrum and strained rotator cuff. The rehab cost him all of 2018. He pitched in ten games last season, three as a starter, and was ineffective.
In January the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Nelson with thoughts of turning him into a multi-inning relief ace kind of guy. Today, however, Nelson came out of his bullpen session experiencing lower body discomfort. He has been shut down. It’s not a stretch to say that this makes him something of a long shot to make the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster.
Nelson has logged just 22 innings at the major league level since his misadventures on the base paths. Just a brutal stretch for a pitcher who has shown such promise.
NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show, Lunch Talk Live, debuts this Monday, April 6, at Noon ET on NBCSN, featuring host Mike Tirico joined by special guests, including current and former athletes, NBC Sports’ lineup of on-air commentators, and other prominent voices and figures within sports and media.
Lunch Talk Live focuses on the current state of the sports world and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.
“In these challenging times, we are all missing sports and the people who make sports memories,” said Tirico. “Hopefully, we can bring a midday connection with some of them to help fill the void.”
Sam Flood, NBC Sports Executive Producer & President of Production, said, “We’re excited to bring viewers fresh programming every day with unique, topical conversations from prominent individuals in all corners of sports. This will be a daily lunch date to share sports and stories we miss during these unique times.”
The hour-long show will air weekdays at Noon ET on NBCSN and stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Select content and interviews will additionally be hosted on NBC Sports’ YouTube channel and social media platforms.
Tirico will host Lunch Talk Live episodes remotely, beginning this Monday.