Rockies lose right-hander Juan Nicasio for rest of season

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This one isn’t nearly as scary as last year’s, but the Rockies have lost Juan Nicasio to a season-ending injury for the season straight campaign.

Nicasio, who missed the final two months of last year with a broken neck and fractured skull after taking a line drive to the head on Aug. 5, will miss the rest of this season following microfracture knee surgery, the Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports.

The 25-year-old Nicasio failed to pitch as hoped after an impressive spring, though considering what he went through, it’d hardly be fair to term his performance a disappointment. He was 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA in 11 starts before going on the DL with a left knee strain two months ago. Since the knee never got any better, the surgery was performed today.

The hope is that Nicasio could be ready to pitch in his native Dominican Republic come December. If healthy, he’ll have a great chance of winning a spot in Colorado’s rotation next spring.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.