Nelson figures to be used as an opener. He will be making his first start after three relief appearances this season. He has a 9.00 ERA in four innings.
New York recalled Michael King from its alternate training site. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed one hit over six scoreless innings during a 99-pitch relief appearance against the Toronto Blue Jays in a 3-1 loss on April 4 then was optioned to the alternate training site.
King was 1-2 with a 7.76 ERA in four starts and five relief appearances during last year's pandemic-shortened season.
Left-hander Jordan Montgomery (1-0) starts for the Yankees on Saturday and ace Gerrit Cole (2-0) on Sunday.
Judge rises to the occasion with two dingers
Aaron Judge lines a home run to left field in the first inning and then mashes one to center in the fourth.