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Juan Nicasio improving after surgery

Updated: August 12, 2011, 7:42 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said pitcher Juan Nicasio was much improved and could be at Coors Field on Monday when the team returns from a seven-game trip.

Nicasio underwent neck surgery on Saturday to stabilize a fractured vertebra after being struck in the head by a line drive a day earlier.

Tracy met media Friday not long after a telephone conversation with the 24-year-old pitcher, who told the manager jokingly that he'd be ready to pitch in two weeks. Team ...

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