ST. LOUIS -- Scratched from Saturday's start because of a blister on his right index finger, right-hander Jimmy Nelson won't have to wait long to get back on the mound, as the team believes he'll be ready to pitch against the Giants on Tuesday at Miller Park.
The timing of Nelson's minor setback worked out for the Brewers. It came during a three-game series sandwiched between a pair of off-days, allowing for some easy rotation shuffling, and it also gave the Brewers a way to split up Nelson and Wily Peralta, something manager Ron Roenicke and pitching coach Rick Kranitz were already mulling.
Both are right-handers with similar stuff, including a power sinker.
"When this came along, it just allowed us to do this real cleanly," Roenicke said.
Nelson developed the blister during his Sunday start against the Mets, a 2-0 loss at Miller Park. The skin tore away during a long-toss session earlier this week in St. Petersburg, prompting the Brewers to make some changes. Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza each moved up a day but were still set to work on regular rest.
Nelson will attempt a light bullpen session on Sunday to confirm his availability for Tuesday. If he does have a setback, Yovani Gallardo would move up a day.