Nicasio encouraged after facing live hitters

Nicasio encouraged after facing live hitters

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio said he was pleased with his work Tuesday -- 30 pitches against live hitters. It was his biggest test since he suffered a strained left knee on June 2 during a game against the Dodgers.

Nicasio (2-3, 5.28 ERA) said he didn't stop throwing even when the pain in his knee kept him out of other activities, so his arm is in good shape.

During the session, Nicasio, 25, threw all of his pitches to both sides of the plate. Before the injury, Nicasio, whose fastball is ahead of his other pitches, worked himself into trouble by overthrowing the fastball. He is working on being closer to a complete pitcher when he returns.

"My knee is feeling good now," Nicasio said. "I'm working every day, and now my breaking ball is pretty good."

Nicasio said his next session is Saturday, although he is not sure if it's a simulated game.