Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson has a knack for drawing opposing pitchers with lengthy resumes.
And just when he thought his luck couldn't get any worse, he's now facing an ace who will be looking to take his recent frustrations out on the Brewers.
After dueling against Cy Young Award winners Tim Lincecum, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and R.A. Dickey in his last four starts, Nelson will be matched against right-hander Tyson Ross Tuesday, who just set the Padres record with his 12th consecutive quality start.
Where Ross' frustrations stem from is the fact that he's been handed the loss in his last two outings despite allowing just five runs in 14 innings. Most recently, he looked to have gotten the best of the Dodgers' Kershaw before Justin Turner's two-run homer in the eighth innings solidified a 2-1 defeat.
"I'll try to focus on the good things," Ross said. "The focus moves to the next start."
Of course, Nelson certainly doesn't feel bad for him. The rookie righty has turned in a quality start in six of his eight nods this season but only has a 2-4 record to show for it.
As for drawing the opposition's best arm, he doesn't try to get too discouraged by it.
"I'm still going to pitch against the same lineup, no matter who's pitching for them," Nelson said. "There's nothing I can do about it. It's one of those things you can't control. I'm trying to control what I can do."
Brewers: Slumping Segura returns to lineup
He certainly didn't light the world on fire Monday, but the Brewers will take any sign of life they can get from shortstop Jean Segura.
In his return to the starting lineup after two days off, Segura finished 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in the Brewers' 10-1 rout of the Padres.
Manager Ron Roenicke gave Segura a mental break after the normally sound defender committed two errors in Friday's 8-3 loss to the Pirates. Segura didn't start either weekend game but ended up coming on as part of a double switch in the sixth inning on Saturday.
Entering Monday with a .233 batting average, Segura seemed to respond with a renewed focus.
"Anytime I take a guy out for a couple of games, a starter, I'll talk to him," Roenicke said. "He understood. They may not be happy all the time, but they understand."
Padres: Gyorko, Cabrera progressing
The Padres are hoping to get both of their regular starting middle infielders back from hamstring injuries soon.
Jedd Gyorko was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game on Monday, but manager Bud Black called on him to pinch-hit in the ninth inning. He grounded out to the pitcher. Black said Gyorko may start on Tuesday.
"He's getting real close. We talked today about whether to start him, but we decided to give him another day," Black said before the series opener. "I think medically, the trainers and the doctors are saying to be just a little more patient."
Everth Cabrera, meanwhile, was given a tentative return date of Sept. 1. Cabrera has been out since Aug. 10 with a strained left hamstring that also kept him out for most of July.
"He's gonna run and pick up the intensity as far as what he's doing with his legs," Black said. "He's turned the corner on this and his activity level is picking up."
• Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez each finished with three on Monday.
• Braun sustained a bruised left quad in the first inning Monday and exited the game in the seventh. He is hopeful he will be able to start Tuesday.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.