Juan Nicasio continues to make progress following neck surgery

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One week removed from being hit in the head by a comebacker off the bat of Nationals’ shortstop Ian Desmond, Juan Nicasio continues to make progress.

Nicasio was released from the hospital earlier this week after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae in his neck. He is currently “resting comfortably at home” and has been able to “eat and sleep regularly.”

The good news doesn’t stop there, though.

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Rockies manager Jim Tracy is hopeful that Nicasio will be able to visit Coors Field next Monday when the team begins a nine-game homestand.

“I think there’s a chance he will be there. I talked with Juan Nicasio today,” Tracy said. “He told me that he would be ready in two weeks.”

Nicasio is obviously just kidding about the two week thing, but that he is able to have a sense of humor following such a scary incident is obviously an encouraging sign.

Angels sign Chris Young to a one-year deal

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The Angels went on a Chris binge yesterday. In addition to signing Chris Carter to a minor league deal they signed Chris Young — the outfielder Chris Young, not the pitcher Chris Young — to a one-year contract. Young will make $2 million with incentives that could make the pact more valuable.

Young, 34, hit .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He’s historically been a plus defender and has handled all three outfield positions in the past, but he’s really a corner guy/platoon DH these days. Not that the Angels need a center fielder. Rumor has it that they have a pretty decent one.