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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Juan Nicasio had surgery to fix a fractured vertebrae in his neck

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. Juan will remain hospitalized as he recovers from the surgery.

The aftermath of the line drive to his head.

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. puck Posted: August 07, 2011 at 04:14 PM (#3894659)
Truly a scary moment. Some further info has come out in subsequent articles:

"No idea . . . no idea," said [Dr. Allen] Schreiber, when asked if the injury was career-threatening. "He's 24 years old. He can bounce back. He has every reasonable chance to come back completely . . . every reasonable chance to do that."

Nicasio, who escaped with no damage to his spinal cord, is in serious but stable condition. A permanent plate and two screws were placed in his neck by a team of neurosurgeons led by Dr. Peter Witt. Even in a best-case scenario, the plate and screws figure to limit his range of motion.

Dugger spent the night at the hospital and said Nicasio had full use of his extremities throughout his ordeal. He was conscious in the ambulance, but Dugger said he wasn't sure if Nicasio had lost consciousness in the immediate aftermath of being struck by a line drive off the bat of Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.

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   2. TerpNats Posted: August 07, 2011 at 06:43 PM (#3894724)
This Nationals fan who's seen enough replays of that horrid moment wishes him well, and hopes to see him pitch again.
   3. UCCF Posted: August 07, 2011 at 09:51 PM (#3894814)
If I had limited range of motion in my neck, I'm not sure I'd want to come back. So much of baseball happens very quickly, and if you can't turn your head to pick up the ball, etc., you're at such a higher risk to get hit again.

Injuries to C-1 can be fatal, and too often result in quadriplegia and ventilator dependence. This could easily have turned out much much worse.
   4. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 07, 2011 at 11:00 PM (#3894835)
It wasn't the impact of the ball that broke his neck, right?
It was the horrifically awkward way he fell to the ground.

The way his head struck the ground and compacted his neck is very similar to how football players break their necks when they lead with their head and tackle poorly.

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