Rockies’ Nicasio Feels Lucky To Be Alive

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio says he feels lucky to be alive after being struck by a line drive and fracturing his neck, and he wants to get back on the mound.

Nicasio spoke publicly on Tuesday for the first time since Aug. 5 when a drive off the bat of Washington’s Ian Desmond struck him on the right side of the head. Team trainers and medical personnel stabilized his head and neck before taking him to Denver Health Medical Center, where within hours he underwent surgery.

Doctors inserted two pins into the cracked C-1 vertebra to help it heal in one piece. A small metal plate was attached to the back of his neck to provide additional stability.

Nicasio, 24, says he knows many people who suffer the same injury don’t survive.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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