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Reds re-signed INF Chris Nelson to a minor league deal; assigned him to Triple-A Louisville.

Nelson opted out at the end of March, hoping to join the bench of another big league club, but the market was dry. Nelson will serve as organizational depth for the Reds.

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Chris Nelson opted out of his contract with the Reds and has requested his release.

A non-roster invitee to Reds camp, Nelson hit .317/.348/.463 this spring but didn't do enough to make the club as a reserve infielder. He could get a look on the open market from a team looking for a bench bat.

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Chris Nelson's two-run single in the second inning on Friday provided all of the offense that the Reds would need in a 2-1 victory over the Rangers.

The 28-year-old is enjoying a nice start to Cactus League play, hitting .304 (7-for-23) with five RBI. With Jack Hannahan looking uncertain for Opening Day, there's a chance that Nelson could break camp with the big club.

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Reds signed Chris Nelson to a minor league contract.

The deal comes with an invite to big league camp. "I think it's a great opportunity, especially being in the National League," Nelson told MLB.com. "I have a chance to be a utility man, and with the double-switches there could be a chance for playing time. It could be a good fit for me." Bouncing between the Rockies, Yankees and Angels last season, Nelson slashed a disappointing .227/.273/.327. Cincinnati's infield would have to be ravaged by injuries for Nelson to have a chance at mixed league relevancy next year.

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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Reds are close to a contract agreement with free agent infielder Chris Nelson.

It's likely a minor league deal. Nelson spent a nomadic 2013 season between the Rockies, Yankees and Angels' organizations, slashing .227/.273/.327 at the big league level. The 28-year-old is a career .268/.312/.399 hitter who can handle either second or third base at a subpar level.

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Angels non-tendered 3B Chris Nelson.

Nelson was in his first year of arbitration, but the Angels decided he didn't warrant a notable raise after batting .227/.273/.327 at the big league level in 2013. He'll have no trouble catching on as a utility player somewhere.

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Chris Nelson (hamstring) ran the bases Tuesday.

Nelson was activated from the DL a week ago, but he's yet to play in a game. However, he's still hopeful of being ready to rejoin the lineup later this week. The infielder has been out since late August with a strained right hamstring.

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Angels activated 3B Chris Nelson from the 15-day disabled list.

Nelson strained his right hamstring late last month and was supposed to be lost for the season, but he's made a rapid recovery. The Angels haven't posted their lineup for Tuesday's game at Oakland yet, but he should be out there at third base.

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Chris Nelson (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list next week.

When Nelson strained his right hamstring on August 28, the Angels figured his season was probably over. The infielder has made rapid progress, though. "He still has some work to do, might be about a week, but considering when he did it, you could've been looking at the whole season," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He looks like he'll be in the earlier window of what a hamstring can be."

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Chris Nelson (hamstring) was able to run on a treadmill on Friday, and still has his sights set on returning before the end of the season.

Nelson has been on the shelf since late-August after straining his right hamstring in a loss to the Royals. Even if he is able to return before the season's end, his fantasy value will be minimal.