Dodgers’ latest minor league signings include reunion with 2020 signee

Adam Weinrib
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JUNE 05: Jimmy Nelson #52 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Miller Park on June 05, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JUNE 05: Jimmy Nelson #52 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Miller Park on June 05, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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The Dodgers brought back Jimmy Nelson on Friday, as well as a few other minor leaguers.

It looks like one Dodgers pitcher who should’ve been on the 2020 World Series roster will get a chance to redeem himself for the title defense.

About a half hour after word leaked that 2017 Redemption Dodger Brandon Morrow was returning to the organization after several ill-fated years with the Cubs (legitimately couldn’t get right after overuse that postseason), LA announced several other low-impact pacts.

Lefty reliever James Pazos, righty Brock Stewart, and infielder Carlos Asuaje will all join the Dodgers in camp this year.

As will Jimmy Nelson, who was supposed to be an excellent bounce back candidate on the 2020 roster before he succumbed to back surgery and missed the entire campaign.

Nelson joined the Dodgers prior to 2020 on a short-term deal with a $2 million option for 2021 baked in, which was declined in recent weeks. Made sense, after all. Thought to be a rebound possibility, Nelson instead got back surgery in July and missed his entire chance, watching Los Angeles win a thrilling World Series from afar.

The last time we saw Nelson on a big league mound, he probably wished he was still rehabbing, pitching to a 6.95 ERA in 10 games in 2019 on his way back from a freak accident and rotator cuff tear. In 2017, however, his most recent full season, Nelson finally hit his ceiling, going 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA and a remarkable 199 Ks in 175.1 innings pitched.

It’s a long shot he replicates that, but it’s worth trying for the Dodgers — especially considering they already tried once.

Nelson, for one, seems excited to find his new home so quickly after losing it.

The Dodgers aren’t exactly starving for rotation help in 2021, as they’ll be able to deploy Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, Dustin May, David Price and Tony Gonsolin. But it’s always good to have reinforcements, and LA has bet on one of their favorite bounce backs for the second consecutive season.

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