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Rafael Betancourt nearing return to Rockies

Aug 13, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

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Rafael Betancourt hasn’t pitched since having an emergency appendectomy on July 20, but the Rockies closer is finally nearing a return from the disabled list.

Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that Betancourt threw a simulated game Monday, with manager Walt Weiss saying afterward that “it went really well” and “the plan is for him to go out and pitch on Thursday.”

Thursday’s outing would be at Triple-A, so presumably if things continue to go well Betancourt could rejoin the Rockies by next week. Rex Brothers has thrived as the fill-in closer, but Betancourt was very good in the ninth-inning role before having his appendix removed.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I thought that you felt that it was a toss up between Inge and Valverde for that esteemed position.

  2. mondogarage - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    A rather ironic coming from the most worthless commenter on this board.

    That his WAR is well above 0 makes him, well, quite the opposite of worthless.

  3. ezthinking - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    The dipshit was trying to run down Yuniesky Betancourt and whiffed.

    Hahahahahahahahaha!

    If you can’t distinguish a position player from a pitcher, stay on the football sites. You’ll fit right in with the concussion/brain injury crowd on the field and in the stands.

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