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Nicasio faces hitters five months after broken neck

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08:13 AM ET 01.10 | Juan Nicasio's story may unfold as one of this season's most uplifting in the Mile High City. While the lack of a veteran starting pitcher has left many Rockies fans uneasy about the team's rotation, the progress of [Nicasio] has been a bright spot. The right-hander's remarkable recovery from a broken neck has continued in the Dominican Republic. Five months after a line drive off his head and a subsequent fall broke his C1 vertebra, Nicasio has begun facing hitters, leaving him on pace to compete for a rotation spot in spring training. ... Nicasio, 24, is throwing only fastballs and changeups, typical of pitchers this time of year who eschew breaking balls.

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January 10, 2012  08:19 AM ET

Wow, that is amazing. That is one lucky dude.

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January 10, 2012  01:16 PM ET
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Best of luck to him. Hope he continues to recover, and is able to compete at the MLB level again. It'll take a lot of guts to overcome being gun shy after getting beaned like that.

I agree -- best of luck and a remarkable story. But wow -- 2 in 3 years. First, Mike Coolbaugh in Tulsa (Rox AA team) then Nicasio last season.

January 10, 2012  01:52 PM ET

accidents happens, thanks god that he was able to vercome that type of a injuried!!

January 10, 2012  01:53 PM ET

accidents happens, thanks god that he was able to vercome that type of a injuried!!

January 10, 2012  01:54 PM ET

pitchers allways run the risk of being injuried at any time at any place in the mound or while in the field!!

 
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