Milwaukee Brewers ace Jimmy Nelson suffers season-ending injury

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Nelson's start on Friday was his 29 of the season, tying him for the most in the National League, and his career-high 199 strikeouts rank third in the league in 2017.

Brewers ace Jimmy Nelson will miss the remainder of the season with a right rotator cuff strain and partial anterior labrum tear, the team announced on Saturday.

The Brewers were outplayed and out scored (21-8) in the series, which saw them fall in to third place in the Central Division, a half game behind the second place St. Louis Cardinals and 4 1/2 games behind the division leading Cubs.

Nelson hurt his shoulder on the bases Friday night against the Cubs, diving back into first in the top of the fifth after hitting a ball off the wall and thinking better of trying to stretch it into a double.

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Manager Craig Counsell said afterward he was "optimistic" about Nelson's prognosis, as the pitcher had told team officials he wasn't in any significant pain. Garza allowed five runs on six hits with two walks in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss, dropping his record to 6-9 with a 5.06 ERA. Milwaukee trails the Rockies by three games in the race for the second NL Wild Card spot.

These are the final three games that will be played between the Brewers and Cubs at Wrigley Field this season.

There's some talent and experience in that group, but losing Nelson really tightens that rotation up. Their depth simply doesn't measure up to most of the NL's contenders. As the Brewers have shown all year though, baseball isn't always driven by talent. At times this season, he was productive.