"We bypassed Salt Lake with 'Nellie' and sent him to Milwaukee so he didn't pass that bug around," Weiss said. "We expect him to be ready to go on Monday." Reid Brignac started at third and went 1-for-1 with a walk against Mariners righty starter Brandon Mauer.
The left-handed hitting Brignac can spell Nelson at third when the Rockies are facing a particularly tough right-handed starter, and could be an option on Monday. Nelson has never faced Brewers Opening Day starter Yovani Gallardo in a regular-season game, so history isn't part of the equation.
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