9/24/2013 8:05 P.M. ET
Brewers top prospect Nelson to replace Peralta
With rookie dealing with blister, touted hurler to make first big league start
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Rather than rush him back from a blister on his pitching hand, the Brewers decided that right-hander Wily Peralta has done enough work for his first full season in the Major Leagues.
Peralta, whose last start was cut short by a blister on his right index finger, will not make his final scheduled start on Saturday against the Mets, manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday. Top prospect Jimmy Nelson -- another big-framed, hard-throwing right-hander -- will start instead, unless he's needed in emergency relief before that day.
"It's not just the blister," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Peralta. "He's in a really good spot now with the workload that he's had this year [183 1/3 innings], and we think where he is with his innings and now this coming up, it's a good time for him to go ahead and -- I don't want to say shut it down, because I don't want him shutting it down -- but it's a good time to put somebody else in there."
That somebody else is Nelson, who would make his first Major League start and his first start, period, since Aug. 31 for Triple-A Nashville. He has made three relief appearances for the Brewers in September, and Milwaukee pitching coach Rick Kranitz declined to specify a pitch count.
"I just think we want to see how he approaches the game, and it will give him the opportunity to say he has the experience of starting a big league game going into the offseason," Kranitz said. "I liked him from the moment he walked in. Size alone, aggressiveness, it really jumps out at you. I'm anxious to see how he does. He fits the bill of a big league starter -- size, stuff and aggressiveness."
Said Nelson: "I don't care what situation I pitch in, I just want to get in there. I just want to pitch. It's been interesting to see things from the bullpen side. I kind of have a new respect for all those guys and what they do every day."
Peralta, meanwhile, is finished after going 11-15 with a 4.37 ERA in 183 1/3 innings spanning 32 starts. As of Tuesday, he ranked among the National League's leaders in walks (seventh with 73), wild pitches (tied for sixth with 12) and runs allowed (second with 107).
But he also made late-season strides, going 7-7 with a 3.05 ERA in his final 17 starts.
"We knew it was going to be an up-and-down thing," Roenicke said. "With him, I think the last month, month and a half, I think we've seen a pretty consistent pitcher. I know he's had a couple games where he's been off, but I think he's kept us in almost every game, and that's the important thing. ... He's going to get better with his pitch selection, he's going to get better with being able to throw sliders for strikes, changeups for strikes. He's still a thrower and still learning it, but because he has electric stuff, he can do it."
Peralta is one of three starters firmly in the Brewers' plans for 2014, along with veterans Kyle Lohse and Yovani Gallardo.
"I think he really matured throughout the year, from a guy that when he got in trouble, he gave up runs," Kranitz said. "There were a lot of multiple-run innings from [innings] 3-4-5. That's maturing. My whole thing with him is being in control of himself, which will then allow him to control any situation.
"He started to do that. He started making pitches. He started saving his runs and saving the innings that hurt him. He managed the lineup better by paying more attention."
Shoulder discomfort shutting down Gorzelanny
ATLANTA -- Brewers left-hander Tom Gorzelanny had hoped to pitch again this season, but the veteran said Tuesday that lingering discomfort in his shoulder will not allow it.
"I'll get ready for next year," he said.
Gorzelanny has been sidelined since exiting a relief outing on Sept. 2 when he could not get his shoulder loose. It was his first appearance out of the bullpen following a stretch of nine starts, during which the Brewers evaluated whether Gorzelanny might fit into the rotation next season.
Manager Ron Roenicke said Gorzelanny felt lingering discomfort during a throwing session on Tuesday afternoon at Turner Field.
The 31-year-old was 3-6 with a 3.90 ERA in a debut season with the Brewers that included 33 relief appearances and 10 starts. As a reliever, he posted a solid 2.70 ERA and a .171 opponents' batting average. He is signed for next season at a $2.8 million base salary.
Gomez has good feeling about 20/40 season
ATLANTA -- Carlos Gomez had a good feeling entering Monday's series opener against the Braves. He felt even better after hitting a solo home run in the first inning.
But his night went south from there.
"Four strikeouts," Gomez said with a shrug on Tuesday afternoon. "But I feel good today, and I'm going to try to put it together today. There is still time, because I need to steal three bases."
He entered Tuesday with 37 stolen bases, matching his career high from last year. With three more, Gomez would be the first player in Brewers history with at least 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same season.
"Six games away, I have a really good feeling," he said.
He had a different feeling on Monday night, when Gomez hit his team-best 22nd home run in the first inning but then struck out in his subsequent four at-bats, nearly breaking his bat over his knee in the seventh inning and dramatically spiking his helmet in the dirt in the ninth.
It was the fourth four-strikeout game of Gomez's career and his second this season. He became the 10th Major Leaguer this season to strike out four times in a game he also homered.
"I was so frustrated, a home run to start the game, and then strike out four times," Gomez said. "This was one of those days when you feel good. I didn't feel when I started the game like they were going to get me out and then, boom, first at-bat of the game, a home run. It was like, today is going to be the biggest night ever."
Turned out, it was not.
"Any job, you get one of those moments -- angry and frustrated," Gomez said. "But after I let it out, it's no more. I play defense more, like, OK, if I don't get a hit, I'm going to make sure nobody gets a hit to center."
Segura out until hamstring discomfort goes away
ATLANTA -- The Brewers' Jean Segura felt lingering discomfort Tuesday in his strained left hamstring during a running drill, and manager Ron Roenicke said the second-year shortstop would not play until that sensation ceases.
"'Seggy' ran 80 percent today good, tried to push it farther and he felt it. Not that he felt it pull, but he felt it being tight," Roenicke said. "So he backed off, and we're not there yet. ... I was talking to the trainers and they want to make sure he's close to 100. Hopefully, we'll get there if not tomorrow then the next day. If he could play the last day or two, I'd be fine with that.
"I'd like him to go out there and go into the offseason knowing that he's fine. It's not that big a deal. If we can't get him out there, it's not that big a deal."