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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Leadoff home run? No problem. Bases loaded? Whatever. Bad inning? Kid stuff.
It's hard to imagine the minor troubles of baseball bothering Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio much anymore, as he's already won the greatest battle of them all in returning to the mound after suffering a fractured vertebra last season.
It was only six months ago that a line drive struck Nicasio's right temple, causing him to fall and fracture his C-1 vertebra. As Nicasio was carted off the field and rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, it was uncertain if the 25-year-old would walk again or even survive, let alone throw another pitch.
But here he is in Rockies camp, competing for a spot in the rotation and seemingly unfazed by the incident that could have easily taken his life. After the injury, it wasn't long before Nicasio's mind turned from walking again to getting back on the mound.
"The first week, I wasn't thinking that," Nicasi...
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After making the playoffs in 2009 and simply running out of gas at the finish line in 2010, the Colorado Rockies fell on their face in 2011. Their 73-89 record was made possible by some awful pitching. The Rockies gave up the 2nd most runs in the National League.
Ineffectiveness by the eventually traded Ubaldo Jimenez, coupled with Jorge De La Rosa coming down with a season-ending...
The Colorado Rockies minor league system has some interesting prospects, many of whom are almost MLB ready, but the depth in the system is not overly impressive. The organization is not known for putting much emphasis on amateur talent acquisitions – either through the draft or the international market – although the club has made a few shrewd trades, including the Ubaldo Jimenez...
Like it or not, outfielder Dexter Fowler is going to have a large impact on the Rockies' success this season. It's a scary proposition for Rockies fans, who have seen the talented Fowler lose his swing during each of the last two seasons and earn demotions to the minor leagues.
Despite reports that he is ahead in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Colorado Rockies lefthander Jorge De La Rosa is not expected to be back in the rotation until July.
Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca said a pitcher usually needs 13 to 14 months to recover from elbow reconstruction.
"Jorge had the surgery in late May last year, so you calculate that and it's sometime...
(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) After a whirlwind 2011 season, Colorado Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz hopes to pitch more like his old self in 2012.
Acquired from the Cleveland Indians in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade last July, Pomeranz is aiming to cement a spot in the Rockies rotation out of spring training. He made four starts with the Rockies last season without...
Jason Giambi isn't what he once was, but what 41-year-old is? At his age, that he can stay healthy, productive, and occupy an important role for a Major League club is every bit as impressive as his previous accolades. At his peak he was an absolute nightmare for pitchers. Now, he's still scary, but also very wise.
It didn't take Bill James to figure that the Rockies needed better pitching last season. General Manager Dan O'Dowd said after the Jorge De La Rosa injury and before the trade deadline that he wanted to acquire pitchers with club control beyond the 2011 season. He did that when he added LHP Drew Pomeranz and RHP Alex White from the Indians in August as well as RHP Tyler Chatwood...
This one was a lot of fun, and not necessarily for baseball reasons. Friday at Salt River Fields the Rockies played an intrasquad game that saw Team Giambi trounce Team Helton 6-0. Jason Giambi even poured salt in the wound by calling for a steal up 4-0 in the final inning of play.
The Spring Training Cactus League season has yet to officially start for the Colorado Rockies, it begins Saturday with a split squad game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields, but some of the problems the Rockies might have this year are starting to become apparent not only to observers but to people inside the organization.
To say that there wasn't a lot going on at Rockies Spring Training Wednesday may be the understatement of the season. Sure, there was batting practice, even live batting practice with a real pitcher throwing real pitches, albeit in front of a screen. But, outside of a Carlos Gonzalez first pitch opposite field home run off Jeremy Guthrie, memorable moments were hard to come by.
Troy Tulowitzki's voice is coming in loud and clear at last. Entering his sixth full major-league season, the all-star shortstop is prepared to be the Rockies' leader.