Denver, CO Ė Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio was hit in the head by a line drive to start the second inning of Friday's game against Washington.
Nicasio was pegged on the right side of his head on a hit by Ian Desmond on the second pitch of the frame. Nicasio tumbled to the mound head-first and remained on his back. He was tended to by paramedics before being fitted with a neck brace. Nicasio was lifted onto a stretcher and carted off the field before heading to a local hospital.
Nicasio was seen talking throughout the process, as Rockies manager Jim Tracy, first baseman Todd Helton and catcher Chris Iannetta were nearby.
Going into Friday's game, Nicasio carried a 4-3 record with a 3.95 ERA for the season.
Nicasio, who was 4-0 at home this year, gave up a two-run triple to Ryan Zimmerman in the first inning.
Edgmer Escalona came on to replace Nicasio.