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Nelson shut down for remainder of season

CHICAGO -- The Brewers announced on Monday that right-hander Jimmy Nelson, who was struck in the head by a line drive last week, will be shut down for the rest of the season.

"Jimmy saw the neurologist [on Monday], and he's not going pitch the rest of the year," manager Craig Counsell said. "The neurologist just felt in his case, despite the fact he didn't have a concussion, he still had trauma to his head and, in his view, he felt it best that we don't take a risk so shortly after the moment it happened."

Nelson was struck on the right side of his head by a liner off the bat of the Cardinals' Tommy Pham last Thursday. He spent two nights at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, mostly for observation. A CT scan revealed a small bruise on his brain.

Nelson's next turn in the rotation is Tuesday, in the second game of the three-game series against the Cubs. Right-hander Tyler Cravy (0-7, 6.42 ERA) will start instead.

"Tyler's not stretched out at this point, so there's going to be a bunch of guys involved," Counsell said. "After that we'll stay in order, and then when that start comes up again, we'll have to figure out what we'll do."

John Jackson is a contributor to
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