Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio undergoes neck surgery after being struck in head by line drive

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Struck in the head by an Ian Desmond line drive last night, Colorado pitcher Juan Nicasio underwent neck surgery this morning and the Rockies issued a statement saying he’s “resting comfortably.”

Desmond’s comebacker hit Nicasio on the right side of his head, instantly knocking him to the ground. He was carted off the field on a stretcher, but was able to move his limbs and according to the Associated Press today’s surgery was “to stabilize a fracture.”

We’ll have further updates as more information is known about Nicasio’s status.

If there is an ALCS Game 7, Ric Flair will call out “Play Ball!”

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I don’t really care who wins the ALCS, but part of me wants to see it go seven games now. Why? Because if the Astros win tonight and force a Game 7, the series will be visited by a Rolex-wearin,’ kiss-stealin,’ wheelin-dealin,’ limousine ridin,’ jet flyin,’ son of a gun, jack! From the Chronicle:

The Astros-Yankees American League Championship Series gets to a Game 7, the Astros will have pro wrestling superstar Ric Flair call out “Play Ball!” before the game in a video message. Astros right fielder Josh Reddick is a huge wrestling fan and uses Flair’s entrance music every time he steps to the plate at Minute Maid Park. Fans also have adopted the wrestler’s “Woo!” yell throughout the season.

That’s pretty cool. It’d be even cooler if it ended with a Dusty Finish.