Thursday was a rather big night for Rutherford and Gulf Coast alum Nick Nelson.
Rutherford alum Nick Nelson promoted to Triple-A, now a phone call away from wearing pinstripes!
The Yankees announcing Tuesday they were promoting the right handed pitcher from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Wilkes Barre in Pennsylvania.
He caught up with the "Railriders", his new team Wednesday in Charlotte. And Thursday made his first start with his new team.
A few hours before that start, I spoke by phone with Nick and I asked him how he found out he was moving up from Double to Triple-A!
"One of the guys had asked me when I was starting and I was like tomorrow." Nelson told me. "And he said you want to know some insight? I was like yeah. And he said you're not starting tomorrow. What do you mean? It was like yeah there's somebody coming up from Tampa that's supposed to start tomorrow. I was like huh! As soon as I got to the field my manager was like hey Nick I've gotta talk to ou for a second. He was like you are no longer on the Trenton roster. And you're actually heading to Scranton and you're going to pitch on Thursday."
The conversation then turned to Thursday's start, his first in Triple-A, which was against the White Sox affiliate in Charlotte. Nelson admitted to feeling some butterflies.
"Oh yeah yeah yeah, I'm pretty nervous. We still have three and a half hours before the game and I'm still so nervous right now. But yeah going up against some guys that have been up and down from the big leagues and what not, kind of nerve-wracking. But at the end of the day it's the same game I've been playing my whole entire life, you know."
As it turned out, it was not a great debut for Nick, who gave up four runs in five innings, a couple of home runs against him. He did strike out four. All part of the inevitable learning curve as he works his way towards big league ball!
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