Posted: Apr 18, 2012 9:36 PM by Jordan Mason
DENVER (AP) - Juan Nicasio threw 6 1-3 solid innings for his first win since returning from a broken neck, lifting the Colorado Rockies over the San Diego Padres 8-4 on Wednesday night.
Nicasio (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits as he made his second start at Coors Field since Aug. 5, when he was hit in the right temple by a line drive and suffered a fractured skull along with the neck injury.
The hard-throwing righty earned a spot in the rotation with a strong spring - a remarkable recovery considering that doctors were fearful he might not walk again after the accident, let alone take the mound.
Nicasio also singled home a run, the first RBI of the young pitcher's career.
Chase Headley homered twice for the Padres.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)