SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 03: Juan Nicasio #44 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 3, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Juan Nicasio Pitching From Mound After Broken Neck In August

Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio was struck by a line drive ball in the second inning of Friday's game. He was knocked down and left the game after receiving immediate medical attention.

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Colorado Rockies' Juan Nicasio Throwing Off Mound After Breaking Neck In August

Over two months after breaking his neck in an August baseball game, Juan Nicasio is back on the mound and throwing for the Colorado Rockies, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Nicasio is working out down in Arizona:

"I saw him in Arizona (at the Rockies' spring training facility) working out in the weight room, running and pitching. He looked just like any other player getting ready for the season," [said Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd].

During the early stages of his recovery, doctors were uncertain if Nicasio would ever pitch again, but they never ruled it out. Now it appears that he could be ready to pitch at some point in 2012.

The Rockies could use Nicasio given the dearth of pitching the team has there. Rookies Drew Pomeranz and Alex White figure to be staples in the rotation and Jorge De La Rosa should return during the season from a torn UCL. Jhoulys Chacin is likely the anchor of the rotation at this point, but his second half performance left much to be desired.

Stay with this StoryStream for more on Nicasio's recovery.


Juan Nicasio Expected To Visit Rockies Teammates On Monday

The Colorado Rockies return from their road trip on Monday to face the Florida Marlins at Coors Field, but they'll have something even better to look forward to: meeting with injured teammate Juan Nicasio. Nicasio has been recovering over the last week while the Rockies were away.

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Nicasio has been walking to Coors Field from his apartment since his hospital release on Wednesday. For his next walk to Coors Field, Nicasio will meet his teammates, who are all pulling for his recovery and eventual return to the mound. 

Renck reports that Nicasio will possibly talk with the media on Tuesday, a first since his C-1 vertebra was broken. One question that will be asked is how long until he can pitch again. While the next brace is to come off toward the end of September, a metal plate will still be in his neck. He will need to adapt to that and overcome any mental barriers to being on the mound again.

Stay with this StoryStream for more on Nicasio's recovery.


Nicasio Has Returned Home After Surgery

Colorado Rockies rookie pitcher Juan Nicasio has been discharged from the hospital and is resting comfortably at home, just days after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae suffered against the Washington Nationals on August 5.

Nicasio has made steady improvement since the surgery, and now appears that he will not suffer any long term effects from the line drive that struck him on the base of the skull. It will be quite some time until we learn if he will ever pitch again, but for now Rockies’ fans are relieved to hear some good news about the young pitcher.


Juan Nicasio Walks After Surgery To Repair Broken Neck

The good news for Juan Nicasio continues to come in. On Monday, Nicasio walked for the first time since Friday, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post, when his neck was broken after a line drive hit to the head and a collapse to the ground. The Rockies learned of this news while in Cincinnati for a four-game series with the Reds.

There is still a long road to recovery ahead of Nicasio. Reports from his doctors have painted an optimistic picture that Nicasio can fully recover and even make a return to the mound. However, we won't have a better prognosis until he begins rehab in September.

As Renck reports, the Rockies are still doing all they can to secure visas for Nicasio's family to enter the United States. The Rockies have promised the Nicasio family that they will provide support for them during the pitcher's recovery.

Stay with this StoryStream for more on Nicasio's recovery.


Kevin Millwood Signs With Colorado Rockies, According To Report

The Colorado Rockies are in search of another starter now that Juan Nicasio is out for the season, recovering from his broken neck. Instead of looking at an internal option, the Rockies have signed Kevin Millwood, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck. The Rockies have had interest in Millwood over the years and they finally fulfilled that on Monday.

Millwood could start for the Rockies on Wednesday, but nothing is for certain yet. How much he has left in his is also another question. Millwood was good in 2009 while with the Texas Rangers (13-10, 3.67 ERA), but then moved to the Orioles in 2010 and racked up a league-leading 16 losses.

He didn't get any major league offers in 2011, signing a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees. He made three starts over the Double-A and Triple-A levels for them before opting out of his contract after April. He joined the Red Sox in May and had made 13 starts (5-1, 4.28 ERA) for their Triple-A team before the team released. He was quite hittable (79 hits in 72-2/3 innings). Even with a thin rotation in Boston, the club, it appears, was not intent on giving him a shot.

For more on the Rockies, check out Purple Row.


Juan Nicasio Still In Intensive Care Unit After Surgery To Repair Broken Neck

Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio is still in the intensive care unit following surgery to repair the C-1 vertebrae that broke on Friday after he was hit in the head with a line drive ball. According to Rockies' assistant trainer Scott Gehret (via the Denver Post), there has been no increased bleeding inside Nicasio's head, but he still requires constant monitoring to make sure there aren't any complications from the injury.

Rockies pitcher and friend Esmil Rogers did visit Nicasio over the weekend, but the sight of all the machines upset him. The Rockies are working on obtaining visas for Nicasio's family so they can come to visit him in Denver while he recovers.

At the moment, we all hope that Nicasio recovers well enough that he can lead a normal life. However, his doctors hold some belief that Nicasio could even come back to pitch (via the Denver Post):

"No idea . . . no idea," said [Dr. Allen] Schreiber, when asked if the injury was career-threatening. "He's 24 years old. He can bounce back. He has every reasonable chance to come back completely . . . every reasonable chance to do that."

All the best to a successful recovery to Juan Nicasio.


Juan Nicasio Placed On 15-Day DL After Broken Neck; Greg Reynolds Recalled

The Colorado Rockies placed Juan Nicasio on the 15-day Disabled List on Saturday after surgery on his broken neck (but no spinal cord damage). According to head trainer Keith Dugger, Nicasio remembers everything that happened on Friday night and can move his extremities. Dugger is optimistic about Nicasio's prognosis, but won't know more until Nicasio starts rehab in six weeks. But he is still recovering and is sleeping most of the time.

Nicasio also decided to have the surgery right away, as the Denver Post's Dave Krieger tweets, because it may give him a chance to pitch again. Dugger believes a best-case scenario would have Nicasio throwing again in the spring.

In Nicasio's place, Greg Reynolds (3-0, 5.16 ERA) is on his fourth stint with the Rockies in 2011. He took the place of Ubaldo Jimenez at the start of the season. Reynolds was used as a reliever in his second go-around with the Rockies this season, but he'll be the fifth starter for now.


Juan Nicasio Suffers Broken Neck After Hit By Line Drive

Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio suffered a broken neck as a result of the line drive hit by the Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond in Friday's game. He has undergone surgery to fix the C-1 vertebrae. He will remain hospitalized as he recovers from this.

Rockies head trainer Keith Dugger is expected to talk with the media at 3:30 p.m. MT to update Nicasio's situation.

Nicasio's season is likely over after this horrible accident, and his future is also cloudy. Nicasio started the season with Double-A Tulsa and kept dominating opposing hitters. He was called up at the end of May and pitched an effective seven innings in his major league debut. June was an up-and-down month, but Nicasio started to progress nicely in June. He struck out a career-high 10 batters on July 31, his last start before Friday's.

We at SB Nation Denver wish all the best to Nicasio and his family during this uneasy time.


Juan Nicasio Struck In Head By Ball, Taken Off Field On Stretcher

In a horrifying moment in the second inning of the Colorado Rockies' game with the Washington Nationals, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio was struck on the side of his head by a line drive ball off the bat of Ian Desmond. Nicasio brought his glove up to protect his head, but the ball struck before that. He fell face first to the ground and eventually wound up on his back.

Medical crews came out and stabilized his neck by putting a brace on him. After several minutes, he was placed on a stretcher and then put on a cart that took him off the field. Play resumed a few minutes later when Edgmer Escalona came into pitch for the Rockies.

We will have more on this developing situation as news comes out. For now, we hope for the best and await better news once he is taken care of at a local hospital.

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