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Rockies lose right-hander Juan Nicasio for rest of season

Jul 16, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

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This one isn’t nearly as scary as last year’s, but the Rockies have lost Juan Nicasio to a season-ending injury for the season straight campaign.

Nicasio, who missed the final two months of last year with a broken neck and fractured skull after taking a line drive to the head on Aug. 5, will miss the rest of this season following microfracture knee surgery, the Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports.

The 25-year-old Nicasio failed to pitch as hoped after an impressive spring, though considering what he went through, it’d hardly be fair to term his performance a disappointment. He was 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA in 11 starts before going on the DL with a left knee strain two months ago. Since the knee never got any better, the surgery was performed today.

The hope is that Nicasio could be ready to pitch in his native Dominican Republic come December. If healthy, he’ll have a great chance of winning a spot in Colorado’s rotation next spring.

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