Rockies pitcher Nicasio hit in head by line drive

By the Associated Press | August 5, 2011 | 10:00 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio (44) is taken off the field by medical personnel after Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond hit him in the head with a line drive during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

DENVER (AP) — Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio was hit in the head by a line drive and carted off the field.

The right-hander was struck by a ball off the bat of Washington's Ian Desmond. The ball bounced off the right side of his head with a smack and rolled away over the first-base line.

The Rockies said Nicasio was taken to the hospital.

Nicasio went down and lay flat on the mound for several minutes as he was attended to by training staff. He was moved onto a cart by four medical personnel, helped by teammate Todd Helton and manager Jim Tracy.

He could be seen blinking and moving his hands and legs before he was put on a stability board and loaded onto a cart.