Nelson Undergoes Wrist Surgery
Double-A Tulsa shortstopunderwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair a ligament tear in his right wrist.
Dr. Don Sheridan, a hand specialist based in Scottsdale, Ariz., performed the surgery on Nelson, 24, the ninth player taken overall in the 2004 draft who hit .280 with four homers and 17 RBI for the Drillers in 29 games, the last on May 22.
The Rockies and Nelson were hoping he could stay healthy this year, return to Tulsa after a poor year there in 2009 and after a period of success, move up to Triple-A Colorado Springs. That didn’t happen and, instead, Nelson’s season at Tulsa was cut short by injury for the second straight year.
Nelson, 24, was limited by a broken hamate bone to 73 games last year at Tulsa where he hit .237 with three homers and 42 RBI. In two seasons with the Drillers, Nelson had 390 at-bats.
Drillers pitcher Chaz Roe is scheduled to start Friday at Arkansas, making his first appearance since he strained his left oblique May 7. Roe is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA in five starts for the Drillers.
Left-handerthrew 57 of 97 pitches for strikes Tuesday for Colorado Springs. That’s well below the desired 2:1 ratio of strikes to balls but about the norm for Morales.
In his first start for the Sky Sox since being optioned to them Friday, Morales allowed five hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings at Salt Lake with three walks and three strikeouts. He was the losing pitcher as the Sky Sox fell 1-0.
Morales threw 40 of 57 fastballs for strikes, ranging from 85 mph to 92 mph with that pitch and averaging 88 mph, which is the low end of major-league average.
Morales and, who had a poor start Tuesday for the Rockies, are both scheduled to pitch again Sunday.