24-year old righty starting pitcher Juan Nicasio is likely to miss the rest of the 2011 season after his injury last night. Nicasio was hit by and Ian Desmond line drive in the back of his neck last night. He had surgery today to repair a fractured vertebrae earlier today and there is no timetable for him to return to action, but he’s likely going to miss the rest of the 2011 season. Nicasio started 13 games this year in his first taste of the majors and he was 4-4 with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. The thing that really stood out about Nicasio has been his control as he only walked 18 batters in his first 71 2/3 innings of his major league career. He has a bright future with the Rockies.