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Brewers Call Up Nelson, Lucroy To Start in All Star Game

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - Prospect Jimmy Nelson will start in Marco Estrada's place on Saturday, when the Brewers host Saint Louis.  The Brewers' called up Nelson Thursday from Triple-"A" Nashville, and sent Estrada to the bullpen after he gave up a Major League-high 27 homers so far this season.  Skipper Ron Roenicke saw it as a way to improve the team, which has lost nine-of-its-last-10 and a six-game division lead over the second-place Cardinals has dwindled down to just two.  Nelson has been nothing short of spectacular at Triple-"A" with a 10-2 record, a 1.46 E-R-A, and 114 strikeouts in 111 innings.  He has not given up a run in his last 22 innings.  And Nelson recorded his first Major League win in May in a spot-start at Miami.  To make room for Nelson on the Milwaukee roster, the Brewers put reliever Wei-Chung Wang on the 15-day disabled list with what was termed as shoulder tightness.  Wang has only pitched in blowout games, but as a Rule-Five draft pick, the Brewers must keep him at the big league level all season. Meanwhile, Milwaukee will now have three starters in Tuesday night's Major League All-Star Game.  Jonathan Lucroy will be the starting National League catcher after Yadier Molina, of the Cardinals, went on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his right thumb.  Molina will have surgery today, and will be out for 8 to 12 weeks.  Fans elected Molina to start in the Mid-Summer Classic.  Lucroy was second in the fan vote at catcher, and he topped the players' ballots, which put him in a position to replace Molina.  The Brewers already had the most National League starters as fans elected third baseman Aramis Ramirez and outfielder Carlos Gomez. 

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