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Juan Nicasio to undergo knee surgery

Colorado Rockies v Miami Marlins

MIAMI, FL - MAY 22: Juan Nicasio #44 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 22, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

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Juan Nicasio defied the odds this season by returning from a broken neck to make the Rockies’ starting rotation out of spring training. However, things haven’t exactly gone his way until this point.

Nicasio struggled to the tune of a disappointing 5.28 ERA through 11 starts before hitting the disabled list early last month with a strained left knee. The 25-year-old right-hander has already had the knee drained twice and now Thomas Harding of reports that he’ll undergo surgery on July 16 to remove a “floating body.”

Rockies manager Jim Tracy said the timetable for Nicasio’s return largely depends on whether doctors find other damage in the knee during surgery. Either way, he won’t be helping the struggling Rockies’ rotation in the near future.