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Rockies won't limit Nicasio in spring training

Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:47 pm
 
Juan Nicasio

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Want a feel-good story? How about Juan Nicasio?

The Rockies' right-hander suffered a broken neck last August when he was hit by an Ian Desmond liner. Not only is Nicasio in camp with the Rockies, he's in line for a spot in the team's rotation.

"I am one of those people that didn't think we would be talking about him on Feb. 16 on how he has a very, very good chance to be a member of our rotation. But that's where we are at," Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Troy Renck of the Denver Post. "He's coming into camp with the mindset that he's making the team."

Tracy said Nicasio will have no limitations this spring and will even participate in the team's "ragball drills" where pitchers are graded on their ability to field comebackers.

As a rookie in 2012, Nicasio was 4-4 with a 4.14 ERA in 13 starts, dominating at Coors Field where he was 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in seven starts (and 0-3 with a 7.04 ERA in six starts away from Coors).

The Rockies are set at the top of their rotation with Jeremy Guthrie and Jhoulys Chacin, but after that, the final three rotation spots are up for grabs. As Matt Snyder pointed out last week, there's plenty of candidates, with few answers. Among those gunning for a spot in the rotation in addition to Nicasio are Alex White, Drew Pomeranz, Guillermo Moscoso, Tyler Chatwood, Josh Outman and Jamie Moyer.

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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:24 am
 

Rockies won't limit Nicasio in spring training

It is just amazing that Juan Nicasio is already pitching to live batters this is truly the feel good story of the spring. Now Jeremy Guthrie will eat up 200 innings Joulys Chacin should also be in that Category. The Rockies have a slew of young arms. Just look at Drew Pomeranz. Alex White who had a strike against him last August by having emergency Appendectomy which limited his innings in September. Jorge De Larosa is way ahead of schedual and should be back in May way ahead of schedule. Guillermo Moscoso, . The old man Jamie Moyer along with with a improved bullpen.


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