Perhaps the best thing that could have happened to Juan Nicasio happened in the first inning of his first exhibition game back from a broken neck suffered last August.
Eight months ago, Nicasio was hit in the head by a line drive, falling and breaking a vertebrae in his neck. Friday, he saw another hot shot back up the middle in the first inning off the bat of the A's Eric Sogard. His reaction?
"It was close," he told reporters (via the Denver Post). "I said, 'Oh [shoot].'"
Needless to say, that's a natural reaction -- the rest of us would likely have done it, rather than just say it.
He went on to pitch three innings, allowing five hits and an unearned run, while striking out two. He consistently threw 93-94 mph, according to the report.
Yeah, I know, I've had a couple of entries on this topic, but it's tough to write too much about Nicasio's comeback -- anyone who saw him wheeled off of the turf at Coors Field, will always be glad to have a reminder that someone can come back from such a scare.
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