Juan Nicasio defied the odds this season by returning from a broken neck to make the Rockies’ starting rotation out of spring training. However, things haven’t exactly gone his way until this point.
Nicasio struggled to the tune of a disappointing 5.28 ERA through 11 starts before hitting the disabled list early last month with a strained left knee. The 25-year-old right-hander has already had the knee drained twice and now Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that he’ll undergo surgery on July 16 to remove a “floating body.”
Rockies manager Jim Tracy said the timetable for Nicasio’s return largely depends on whether doctors find other damage in the knee during surgery. Either way, he won’t be helping the struggling Rockies’ rotation in the near future.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.