Rockies Notes: Nicasio, Moyer and Moscoso

DENVER, CO - APRIL 13: Starting pitcher Juan Nicasio #44 of the Colorado Rockies reacts as he works against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Coors Field on April 13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Nicasio was removed from the game in the third inning. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Juan Nicasio has been placed on the Colorado Rockies 15-day disabled list with a left knee strain. To replace Nicasio on their roster, the Rockies have recalled right-hander Guillermo Moscoso. Colorado also officially released veteran starter Jamie Moyer today.

Nicasio sustained his injury when he skipped out of the way of an Elian Herrera grounder back up the middle. The awkward landing caused the 25-year-old to leave the game after only 1 2/3 innings.

While Nicasio was able to break camp with the Rockies this season following last year’s grisly injury, the right-hander has struggled with his effectiveness in 2012. Over Nicasio’s first 11 starts of the season spanning 58 innings he’s maintained an ERA and WHIP of 5.28 and 1.621 with 8.4 SO/9 and 3.4 BB/9.

Moyer started 10 games for the Rockies this season. Over his 53 2/3 innings pitched, Moyer only mustered an ERA and WHIP of 5.70 and 1.733.

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