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Rafael Betancourt due back Friday, will resume closing

Jun 26, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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Rafael Betancourt is expected to come off the disabled list Friday and Jason Mastrodonato of MLB.com reports that he’ll slide right back into the Rockies’ closer role despite fill-in Rex Brothers doing a fantastic job.

Betancourt has missed the past month with a groin injury, during which time Brothers has thrown 8.2 shutout innings while converting all three of his save chances. And overall this season Brothers has a 0.28 ERA (yes, zero-point-two-eight) in 32.1 innings.

It’s a nice problem to have, of course, and Betancourt has quietly been one of the best closers in baseball since taking over the job full time last season, saving 42 games with a 2.91 ERA and 79/21 K/BB ratio in 77 innings despite calling Coors Field home.

  1. jrbdmb - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Perhaps showcasing him for a trade?

    • ezthinking - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Not until they fall out of the race. 3 games back right now.

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