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Juan Nicasio “will have no limitations” after broken neck

Feb 16, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

Juan Nicasio , Bob Apodaca

Juan Nicasio‘s recovery from a broken neck has gone so well that he “will have no limitations this spring,” according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Renck that Nicasio “has a very, very good chance to be a member of our rotation” and “is coming into camp with the mindset that he’s making the team.”

Colorado has plenty of young rotation options, so Nicasio will definitely have to pitch his way into a starting role, but the fact that he’s simply in the mix is pretty remarkable just seven months after a line drive to the head left him with a fractured C-1 vertebrae.

Prior to the scary injury Nicasio made 13 starts with a 4.14 ERA and 58/18 K/BB ratio in 72 innings as a 24-year-old rookie making the jump directly from Double-A, and his minor-league track record includes a 3.40 ERA and fantastic 467/104 K/BB ratio in 471 innings.

  1. mjay424 - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    If healthy of body, confident of mind, Juan Nicasio has the game to really help the Rockies. He’ll still be getting a feel of MLB hitters but he has no. 4 starter-type quality. He limits walks, can get outs by himself (strikeouts) and limits home runs. He’ll have to prove less hittable than his minor league numbers to improve his stock but the Rockies could use his arm and talent.

    Will be a great story if he goes on to become a winner at the MLB level.

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  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    You’re a commendable and strong human being, Juan. Best of luck to you in 2012 and beyond.

  3. kjt929 - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Awesome jaun is coming back

  4. cur68 - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    This is really great to see. Scared hell out of me when he got hit, so its real sweet to know he’ll be back, good as new.

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