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NYM@MIL: Nelson fans six over seven solid innings

After being scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday with a blister on his right middle finger, Jimmy Nelson said he'll be ready to go on Tuesday for the Brewers' series opener against the Giants.

The blister first developed last Sunday in Nelson's start against the Mets, and it tore off during a long toss session in St. Petersburg. He was on board with the decision to push the start back a few days.

"The main thing is not letting it snowball to where it lingers on," Nelson said. "Let's knock it out now so it doesn't carry on."

Nelson threw a light bullpen session Sunday in St. Louis to make sure the issue would not affect his pitches. Up to that point, he said it was not an issue because of the location of the blister -- in the middle of the pad of his finger.

"I've never had a blister problem," he said. "It's just from sweating and constantly rubbing, just like a runner gets on his heels when you're sweating and your shoes are rubbing. Every pitch I throw, that part of my finger is rubbing right on the seam. We've been doing a bunch of treatments since it happened to harden it up and give it a protective layer so the skin can grow under it.

"It's tough, because at the same time, you have to get your throwing in. So you're trying to be careful about the way you're throwing, so you don't make it worse all over again. I should be good. It's been slowly getting better every day. Of course, I'm anxious to get back out there. My body feels good."

Nelson, a rookie, has shown improvement in his last two starts, allowing five earned runs in 13 innings after a disastrous outing in his first start in the rotation.

He'll face off against veteran Tim Lincecum, who's 3-1 with a 3.64 ERA in his career at Miller Park.

As of late, Lincecum has struggled, allowing a combined 11 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings against the Dodgers and Pirates in his two most recent starts. After lasting just 3 1/3 innings against the Bucs, Lincecum identified a mechanical problem which compounded his troubles.

"Instead of driving through my back leg, I was peeling off and couldn't really right the wrong," Lincecum said.

A simple flip up over the calendars could correct Lincecum's recent woes, though. Over 40 career starts in August, Lincecum owns a 3.24 ERA, his second lowest ERA of any one month.

Giants: Sanchez cleared for rehab assignment
Now free of all concussion-related symptoms, Giants backup catcher Hector Sanchez is expected to join Triple-A Fresno Tuesday to begin his rehab assignment.

Sanchez has been on the disabled list since July 26 after sustaining a concussion from a foul tip off his mask.

The team hasn't specified how long of a stint he'll require. Fresno finishes off a two-game series in Salt Lake City Tuesday and has an off-day Wednesday before embarking on a five-day series in Tacoma on Thursday.

Sanchez was batting .196 (32-for-163) with three home runs and 28 RBIs before landing on the DL.

Buster Posey has received more action behind the dish with Sanchez sidelined, but Posey is expected to receive a day of rest on Tuesday.

Brewers: Gennett, Segura sit with stiff quads
With two important months remaining in the regular season, the Brewers have some concern about the lingering leg issues dogging their double-play combination. Both second baseman Scooter Gennett (right quadriceps) and shortstop Jean Segura (left quadriceps) were sidelined Sunday after previous injuries flared up in Saturday's loss at Busch Stadium.

"It's OK," Gennett said Sunday morning. "It's just one of those things that obviously isn't going to really go away. It probably will eventually. I just need to watch out, how much I'm using it. I can't go all-out speed every time. That's usually how I play, I'm running out every ground ball no matter what the case is."

Gennett had previously been out of the lineup for five days just after the All-Star break. He appeared to twist his ankle on a swing in the ninth inning of Sunday's game but remained in to finish the at-bat.

Worth noting
• Milwaukee has had at least a share of first place in the National League Central every day since April 5.

• The Brewers are the only team in the Major Leagues with five players at 50 RBIs or more (Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, Aramis Ramirez).

• Second baseman Dan Uggla will be released by the Giants after declining an assignment to Triple-A Fresno.

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