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Nick Nelson has stellar performance Monday, then gets optioned to AAA

Nelson optioned to Scranton Monday night
Nelson optioned to Scranton Monday night(WJHG)
Published: Jul. 20, 2020 at 11:22 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG) - Rutherford and Gulf Coast baseball alum Nick Nelson enjoyed a rather strong performance on the mound at Yankee Stadium Monday night. Then found out he had been optioned to AAA Scranton.

Nelson pitched one and two-thirds innings in an exhibition game against the Phillies Monday, a game shown nationally on MLB Network. He did not give up a hit, and struck out three. He looked practically unhittable, and was pitching in a way that might make it tough for him not to be on that opening day roster. However, when I got up with him via Skype late Monday night, he hit me with this!

“Yeah I got optioned down tonight, so I’m getting sent back to Scranton. But I mean I’m satisfied. I did what I thought I could do. You know tonight. I showed them what I could do. So I’m happy with it and what not. Like I said I really impressed myself coming out of the bullpen and what not. But yeah it is what it is. I thought I did a good job you know.”

Again there is plenty of reason for optimism, given the way he pitched, and how far he’s come along in the last year. For instance, how he got in the game Monday a good example of the coaches throwing something at him unexpectedly, and he shined nonetheless.

“I originally thought I was going to come in in the 8th inning. And later on I found out they did this on purpose. Yeah I thought I was going in in the eighth. But the bullpen coach was like ‘hey he’s got 12 pictures you’re in the game after.' I was like OK. You know he jokes around a lot and he does that to a lot of rookies. So I thought he was just messing around. You know I started getting ready and you know doing my warm-up routine and he tapped on the glass in the bullpen and said ‘you need to be on the mound!' I was like OK so I did a little stretch. Throw out a few to the catcher and got on the mound and got the ball rolling. But yeah it was a cool experience, the second time up on the Yankee mound and it was awesome.”

As for coming off such a good showing, and not being able to celebrate like many young athletes might, by perhaps going out and enjoying a late night visit to a watering hole with teammates, Nick told me that is a bit different with this “living in a bubble” concept. Still he felt just fine coming back to the room and calling his girlfriend and seeing his baby.

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