Rockies RHP Nicasio leaves game in 2nd inning

Colorado Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio has left Saturday’s

game in the second inning with a strained left knee.

Nicasio left after the Dodgers’ Elian Herrera hit a ground ball

through Nicasio’s legs into center field. Although the ball didn’t

appear to hit Nicasio, assistant trainer Scott Gehret and manager

Jim Tracy went to the mound. After a brief discussion Nicasio left

the game in favor of Josh Roenicke.

Nicasio was hurt last Aug. 5 when a line drive by Washington’s

Ian Desmond hit him in the head. He underwent surgery to have two

pins inserted into his cracked C-1 vertebra and also had a small

metal plate attached to the back of his neck.

He made an inspirational return to the Rockies rotation this

season. He is 2-2 with 5.11 ERA in 11 starts.