Juan Nicasio visits Rockies clubhouse after neck surgery

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Juan Nicasio was back in the Rockies’ clubhouse yesterday, two weeks after suffering a broken neck when he was struck in the head by a line drive.

Nisasio fractured his C-1 vertebrae and as Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post notes “actor Christopher Reeves was paralyzed after injuring the C-1.”

Fortunately for Nicasio he’s already out of the hospital after undergoing neck surgery last week and according to Armstrong “the only visible sign of his ordeal was the neck brace he was wearing.”

“I can’t begin to tell you how warm it is in that clubhouse seeing Juan Nicasio walking around here,’’ manager Jim Tracy said. “This guy is some kind of tough, I’ve got to tell you.’’

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.