If there’s anyone within the Dodgers organization who unequivocally laments when the team loses a player due to injury, it’s manager Dave Roberts.
Los Angeles suffered a blow in their bullpen this week as it was announced on Saturday that right-hander Jimmy Nelson will undergo season ending Tommy John surgery to repair a flexor tendon in his throwing arm.
“It’s obviously very difficult for him,” Roberts said.
It was revealed by Roberts that Nelson was preparing to enter the game in relief against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 30 when he began to feel the discomfort.
“A few days ago we had him up and getting ready to come in the game,” Roberts said. “That’s when he just felt something and we had to shut him down.”
While the estimated recovery time for Nelson still has him on track to possibly return in 2022, it will be incumbent upon the rest of the pitching staff to make up for the absence of one of the better relief pitchers in the game this year.
The 32-year-old reliever ranked 14th in ERA with a 1.86 and 10th in strikeout rate at 37.9 percent among 457 qualified pitchers who have thrown at least 20 innings this season.
Roberts expressed the deep sadness that he and the rest of the organization have for Nelson, an individual who contributed tremendously to a bullpen that has had many peaks and valleys throughout the year.
“We feel very bad for him because he’s been a big part of this.”
Nelson is a free agent after the season.