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Rockies' Juan Nicasio has neck surgery

Updated: August 7, 2011, 1:32 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio underwent neck surgery early Saturday to stabilize a fractured vertebra after being struck in the head by a line drive.

Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said neurosurgeon Dr. Peter Witt inserted two screws into the damaged C-1 vertebra and then sought to stabilize the area by putting a small metal plate on the back of Nicasio's neck. Nicasio was placed in a cervical collar and remains under heavy sedation at Denver Health Medical Center but has control ...

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