Juan Nicasio, whose career was derailed by a broken neck from a line drive in 2012, has been designated for assignment by the Rockies.
Nicasio came back from the broken neck only to suffer a knee injury as well and has posted an ERA above 5.00 in three straight seasons.
However, he’s still just 28 years old and showed some promise after shifting to the bullpen this season by throwing 21 innings with a 3.48 ERA and 17/5 K/BB ratio.
In fact, as recently as mid-September manager Walt Weiss was talking Nicasio up as a reliever for 2015. But the front office disagreed, or at least didn’t want to keep him around for the projected $2.4 million salary via arbitration.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).