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Juan Nicasio comes back from broken neck, now hurts knee

Jun 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Juan Nicasio came back from a broken neck to reclaim his spot in the Rockies’ rotation, but now a knee injury has sent him to the disabled list.

Last season Nicasio was struck on the side of the head by a line drive on August 5 and Saturday while moving out of the way of another liner back up the middle the 25-year-old right-hander twisted his leg.

He was able to limp off the field under his own power, but the Rockies will send Nicasio for an MRI exam anyway and wasted little time placing him on the DL with what they’re calling a left knee strain.

Because of off days on the schedule the Rockies could simply skip Nicasio’s turn in the rotation a couple times while hoping he can return after the minimum 15 days. His 5.28 ERA isn’t pretty, but considering what Nicasio had to come back from his 54/22 K/BB ratio in 58 innings is encouraging.

  1. cur68 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Hey, nice to see he’s back. Too bad about his leg, though. Poor man’s just snake bit. What’s the rule about pitchers having a kevlar uniform and hitter-style aromour? If anyone could use some padding . . .

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Very unfortunate. You hate to see anyone suffer an injury especially one like he had and came back from. Only to be injured again. It sounds like Justin Morneau and this kid are the poster kids for “If I didn’t have bad luck I’d have no luck at all”. Best wishes to Mr. Nicasio.

  3. soj83 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Nicasio also got hit by a line drive in the thigh during a game against the D-backs a few weeks ago. He was ok, but the poor guy seems like a magnet for liners up the middle.

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