Juan Nicasio hospitalized after being struck in head by comebacker

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UPDATE: Here’s the latest update from the Rockies:

Juan Nicasio is at a local hospital resting and undergoing tests after being struck on the right side of the head.

9:34 PM: Very scary moment in Denver.

Juan Nicasio left tonight’s game against the Nationals in the top of the second inning after being struck in the right side of his head by a comebacker off the bat of Ian Desmond.

Nicasio immediately fell to the ground and was lying on his back with very little movement while medical personnel prepared to load him on a stretcher. He eventually moved his hands while his neck was being stabilized. The young right-hander was then strapped into a stretcher and moved off the field on a golf cart.

Nicasio, 25, made his major league debut in May and has a 4.08 ERA over his first 13 major league starts.

We’ll pass along more information on his status when we get it.

Check out Minute Maid Park without Tal’s Hill

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During the offseason, the Astros finally got rid of Tal’s Hill in center field. It was a throwback to older stadiums, some of which had uneven topography — Crosley Field, namely. As unique as it was in the age of cookie cutter sports stadiums, most of us were holding our collective breaths hoping no one ruptured an Achilles or suffered another brutal injury trying to navigate the hill while attempting to catch a fly ball.

We saw what it looked like during reconstruction:

And now, via Julia Morales of ROOT Sports, we see what it looks like after all the work has been done:

The Astros are allowing fans with Lexus Field Club tickets to stand on the new warning track to watch batting practice and shag fly balls as well, Morales notes. Lexus Field Club is where Tal’s Hill used to be.

Good riddance, Tal’s Hill.

Jhoulys Chacin will start Opening Day for the Padres

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Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day, April 3 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It will be Chacin’s second Opening Day start, the other coming in 2013 with the Rockies against the Brewers. He’ll be the fifth different Padres pitcher in as many years to start on Opening Day.

Chacin, 29, inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Padres in December. The right-hander spent the 2016 season with the Braves and Angels, compiling an aggregate 4.81 ERA with a 119/55 K/BB ratio in 144 innings.

Lin notes that Chacin will be followed in the rotation by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. It will be an interesting rotation, to say the least, as it will arguably be the worst in baseball.