Joe Nelson Clears Waivers

WEDNESDAY, 2:28pm: ESPNBoston's Joe McDonald tweets that Nelson has cleared waivers, so we should find out tomorrow whether or not the righty will accept a minor league assignment.

FRIDAY, 7:49pm: Nelson hinted at retirement following the move, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne.

"I've got a flight at 7:15, and I'm going to Florida and in all likelihood, if I clear waivers, I've probably thrown my last pitch," said Nelson. "I don't anticipate myself going back to [Triple-A] Pawtucket, but that's emotion talking right now and we'll probably reanalyze it when I'm not as disappointed. I had every opportunity and I didn't produce. The thought of going to Triple-A doesn't sound that great. We'll wait and see what options present themselves."

Nelson battled major arm injuries early in his career, including a pair of surgeries to repair the labrum in his throwing shoulder. He broke through with the Royals in 2006, but has bounced around quite a bit since. Baseball-Reference.com has his career earnings at just under $1.7MM.

2:41pm: The Red Sox designated Joe Nelson for assignment as part of a flurry of moves, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe (via Twitter). The team also activated Jonathan Papelbon from the bereavement list, called up Scott Atchison and placed Jeremy Hermida on the DL.

Nelson, 35, had a 9.72 ERA in 8.1 innings this year with 9.7 K/9 and 6.5 BB/9. Those high strikeout and walk rates are characteristic of the ones the right-hander has posted over the course of his six-year MLB career. Nelson posted a 2.49 ERA in 21.2 innings at Triple A this year, with similarly high strikeout and walk numbers.


20 Responses to Joe Nelson Clears Waivers Leave a Reply

  1. jgmaynard 5 years ago

    It seems Nelson has become a AAAA pitcher. He is great in AAA, but can’t handle the majors – at least not the AL East.

  2. jgmaynard 5 years ago

    It seems Nelson has become a AAAA pitcher. He is great in AAA, but can’t handle the majors – at least not the AL East.

  3. hawkny1 5 years ago

    Big changes ,eh? And, just before the weekend…

  4. hawkny1 5 years ago

    Big changes ,eh? And, just before the weekend…

  5. Rich G 5 years ago

    Sox need more decent bullpen arms.

    • jgmaynard 5 years ago

      I agree. It is funny how before the season started, people were talking about how good the pitching was going to be, and bemoaning the offense. The offense has been incredible, and the pitching has been suspect (obviously). I think that if they do get some good bullpen arms, they are going to be playing some great baseball.

      • jwredsox 5 years ago

        people who bemoaned the offense were dumb imo. I knew they would be one of the best hitting teams. But the pitching is surprising but they still have a deep bullpen with ramon, manny (hurt now), oki, bard, pap. I’m sure a lot of teams would trade their guys for those 5.

      • jwredsox 5 years ago

        people who bemoaned the offense were dumb imo. I knew they would be one of the best hitting teams. But the pitching is surprising but they still have a deep bullpen with ramon, manny (hurt now), oki, bard, pap. I’m sure a lot of teams would trade their guys for those 5.

    • jgmaynard 5 years ago

      I agree. It is funny how before the season started, people were talking about how good the pitching was going to be, and bemoaning the offense. The offense has been incredible, and the pitching has been suspect (obviously). I think that if they do get some good bullpen arms, they are going to be playing some great baseball.

  6. Rich G 5 years ago

    Sox need more decent bullpen arms.

  7. fitz 5 years ago

    Next up: Boof Bonser

    • ArmchairGM 5 years ago

      No kidding. Can’t seem to do anything right with his pitches thus far.

    • ArmchairGM 5 years ago

      No kidding. Can’t seem to do anything right with his pitches thus far.

    • Steve_in_MA 5 years ago

      Damned straight. Boof looks and pitches like that fat old guy who comes on in relief in the Budweiser commercial, where the bar patrons ask the manager for more time to party. This guy is gonna get outright released within the week.

  8. johnsilver 5 years ago

    All this back and forth with soft tossers like Joe Nelson (who i wanted to see anyway) Schoenweiss, older finished guys like Embree and the abundance of useless former mlb/AAAA types like Castro, Ramon A. Ramirez, Baird, Paronto who even stink it up at the AAA level… One would think the Boston FO would finally give Sox draftees like Dustin Richardson, a hard throwing lefty who may have some trouble with control, but is still better than the rubbish they have been calling up on the roller coaster and Robert Manuel, a soft tossing righty who has been nearly unhittable thus far and has a sparkling 1.08 ERA and 28K, 7BB .093 WHIP in 32IP this year. All by far better than anyone else at the AAA squad.

  9. johnsilver 5 years ago

    All this back and forth with soft tossers like Joe Nelson (who i wanted to see anyway) Schoenweiss, older finished guys like Embree and the abundance of useless former mlb/AAAA types like Castro, Ramon A. Ramirez, Baird, Paronto who even stink it up at the AAA level… One would think the Boston FO would finally give Sox draftees like Dustin Richardson, a hard throwing lefty who may have some trouble with control, but is still better than the rubbish they have been calling up on the roller coaster and Robert Manuel, a soft tossing righty who has been nearly unhittable thus far and has a sparkling 1.08 ERA and 28K, 7BB .093 WHIP in 32IP this year. All by far better than anyone else at the AAA squad.

  10. Minor league K w/ the Reds? They have like 4 guys throwing with ERA’s like his…. can’t hurt to try a new guy out lol

  11. Minor league K w/ the Reds? They have like 4 guys throwing with ERA’s like his…. can’t hurt to try a new guy out lol

  12. Sleepykarl 5 years ago

    That train of thought makes the mistake of equalizing the two’s talent levels. If Papelbon were to be the “Evil Mariano Rivera,” he would first have to be as good as him.

  13. Sleepykarl 5 years ago

    That train of thought makes the mistake of equalizing the two’s talent levels. If Papelbon were to be the “Evil Mariano Rivera,” he would first have to be as good as him.

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