The Milwaukee Brewers have recalled top pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson to start on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Nelson, 25, has made 17 appearances in Triple-A, including 16 starts, in which he's posted a 1.46 ERA and 0.919 WHIP over 111.0 IP. He's 10-2 on the season. Nelson made one start for the Brewers earlier this season, picking up his first career win in a spot start against the Miami Marlins in late May.
Marco Estrada had been initially scheduled to start Saturday, but he now moves into the team's bullpen. Estrada has allowed 27 home runs in 18 starts on the year.
Left-handed reliever Wei-Chung Wang was placed on the disabled list to make room for Nelson on the active roster.
The Brewers have been one of the first-half surprises of the baseball world this season, thanks largely to a starting rotation that had been consistent until recently. The team has lost nine of their last ten games. Milwaukee is 52-41 with a two-game lead over the Cardinals for first-place in the National League Central.
- Aaron Somers