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.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.