Rockies' Nicasio takes a big step forward
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:43 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Spring outings are rarely anything to get worked up about, much less a performance in an intrasquad game. But the Rockies' intrasquad game on Sunday had one of the best performances we'll see this spring.
Colorado right-hander Juan Nicasio threw two scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing two hits and hitting a batter. He also hit 97 on the radar gun, while consistently throwing 93-95 and threw 27 strikes in his 35 pitches, according to the Denver Post.
What makes all that different than all the other outings around baseball is that Nicasio was making his first start since suffering a broken neck last August after being hit in the head by a line drive.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy said he was encouraged by the way Nicasio, who could win a spot in the team's rotation, handled himself on Sunday.
"We will see more when he throws against another club," Tracy told the newspaper. "But obviously one of the things we were looking for was his reaction as he goes to throw the pitch -- meaning, is he going to finish the pitch? Or is he going to start fielding his position too soon to protect himself? Will you see some recoil or something like that? But there was absolutely none of that."
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