In an unfortunate turn of events, the Dodgers will lose right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson for the season. Today, the team announced that the reliever will have season-ending elbow surgery on his right elbow — unclear if it’s Tommy John surgery. Additionally, he’ll have surgery to repair his right flexor tendon. He was transferred to the 60-day injured list.
The Dodgers activated Trea Turner & placed LHP Victor González on the injured list with right knee inflammation, retroactive to August 4. The Dodgers transferred RHP Jimmy Nelson to the 60-day IL as he will have season-ending elbow surgery & a right flexor tendon repair.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 7, 2021
This ends a fine comeback season for the 33-year-old veteran. Nelson signed with LA in the 2019-2020 offseason and missed last season with an injury. He re-signed with the club this past offseason and became a standout in the bullpen, when healthy. In 29 innings spanning 28 games, Jimmy has recorded a 1.86 record with 44 strikeouts against 13 walks in his first full season in relief.
For the Dodgers, the bullpen hits keep coming. Struggling reliever Victor Gonzalez was also placed on the IL with right knee inflammation and could be out for a bit longer than the minimum 10 days. He joins Edwin Uceta and, James Sherfy (likely out for the season), and Scott Alexander on the IL.
If you’re looking for healthy relief options, the Dodgers have Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Blake Treinen, Phil Bickford, Garrett Cleavinger, Brusdar Graterol, Alex Vesia, and Darien Nunez in the bullpen. Moreover, Dave Roberts is hopeful for the return of right-hander Corey Knebel next week while the club is in Philadelphia.