Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio undergoes neck surgery after being struck in head by line drive

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Struck in the head by an Ian Desmond line drive last night, Colorado pitcher Juan Nicasio underwent neck surgery this morning and the Rockies issued a statement saying he’s “resting comfortably.”

Desmond’s comebacker hit Nicasio on the right side of his head, instantly knocking him to the ground. He was carted off the field on a stretcher, but was able to move his limbs and according to the Associated Press today’s surgery was “to stabilize a fracture.”

We’ll have further updates as more information is known about Nicasio’s status.

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.