The Dodgers are slowly but surely making their way to their ultimate Opening Day roster. With so many guys left in camp, there are a whole lot of moves that still need to be made.
One move that can be crossed off the list is Jimmy Nelson. The Dodgers added the right-handed pitcher to the 40-man roster today, cementing his immediate future with the team. Nelson has had a very productive Spring Training and is currently in the running to get the final spot in the starting rotation.
The Dodgers placed RHP Tommy Kahnle on the 60-day as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. The team also optioned infielder Sheldon Neuse to minor league camp as an additional move.
The #Dodgers added Jimmy Nelson to the 40-man roster.
Tommy Kahnle goes to the 60-day IL.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 26, 2021
The addition of Nelson to the 40-man likely comes just in time. The Dodgers pitcher confirmed this month that he does have an opt-out date built into his minor league contract. That sort of thing is pretty common for veteran players looking to crack a big-league roster.
As of now, Dave Roberts is considering Nelson for the Dodgers rotation and the bullpen. He has been hesitant to give anyone particular assignments this far away from Opening Day. Nelson was signed to a free-agent deal with the team last year before undergoing surgery on his back.
The Dodgers made the announcement official today. Sheldon Neuse being optioned is a good sign for a few guys that are still looking to crack the team as a bench member.