Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson appeared Tuesday morning on the MLB Network's "Hot Stove" show and was very upbeat about his rehab from shoulder surgery. "The rehab is going just about as well as it could possibly go, knock on wood," Nelson told show hosts Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds. "It has been a long offseason already but I definitely enjoy the challenge. "The progress has been impressive, and I'm pretty proud of how far I've come already. I'm just really anxious to start a throwing program and get to spring training." Nelson suffered a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder when he dislocated it diving back into first base after collecting a hit against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sept. 8. He later underwent surgery and is expected to miss a significant portion of the first half of the 2018 season. Nelson is not expected to begin his throwing program until spring training but has been all-in on his rehab, to the point of using a hyperbaric chamber in his recovery. Hyperbaric chambers provide oxygen therapy to promote healing at a pressure higher than the normal atmosphere. "I researched it a little bit and bought one this offseason," he said. "I'm trying to do whatever I can to heal myself and get back, not only to where I was, but better. People ask, 'Do you think you'll get back to where you were?' Our goal is to get back better to where I was at.
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson says shoulder rehab going 'about as well as it could possibly go'
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Jan 2