Juan Nicasio suffered a scary injury, now deemed to be a broken neck, during Friday night's Colorado Rockies game against the Washington Nationals. The pitcher underwent surgery on Saturday morning to repair a fractured C-1 vertebrae.
"Juan Nicasio is resting comfortably at a Denver hospital following surgery early this morning to stabilize a fracture to the C-1 vertebrae in his neck," the team said in a release. "Juan will remain hospitalized as he recovers from the surgery."
Nicasio suffered the injury when he was hit with a line drive off the bat of the National's Ian Desmond on the second pitch of the second inning. The Rockies pitcher was unable to get a glove up to deflect the incoming ball, taking the brunt of the impact in the face and then laying motionless as the team's trainers rushed to his aid.
Video of the incident is embedded below, though we have to warn that it is a bit graphic.