In order to bring some karmic balance to Getting Blanked after posting a somewhat salacious page view grabber earlier in the afternoon, it’s my pleasure to relay news that Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio is making incredible progress in his recovery from a broken neck.
The young Rockies starter, who was struck by a line drive off the bat of Ian Desmond on August fifth, has recently begun throwing off a mound for the first time since his injury. This, despite the impact fracturing a vertebra at the top of his spinal column.
I don’t think Colorado General Manager Dan O’Dowd is overstating anything when he says:
It’s a miracle. 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.
There remains no timetable for Nicasio’s return, but if his rehab program continues its current pace, it wouldn’t be unheard of to see him competing for a roster spot in the Spring.
Here’s an injury update from August with video of the incident: