There was, of course, a scary scene at Coors Field last Friday night, when Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio was hit in the head by a batted ball and sustained a broken neck. Nicasio was carted off the field, and underwent an operation to stabilize a fractured vertebrae with screws and a plate.
The news since then, though, has been pretty positive. Nicasio has been resting comfortably in the hospital, and on Monday, he got to his feet and moved around. Troy Renck:
Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio made progress today at a Denver hospital, walking for the first time since sustaining a fractured C-1 vertebrae in his neck Friday night.
The Rockies are still working hard to bring Nicasio's mother and sister from the Dominican Republic, and they've assured his family they'll do everything they can to support him.
Nicasio's outlook at this point is somewhat uncertain, although doctors are optimistic he'll be able to get back on the mound. The 24-year-old definitely has youth on his side, and though baseball is by no means the top priority at the moment, he might still have a long and successful career.