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Rafael Betancourt has a torn UCL

Aug 27, 2013, 8:53 AM EST

It’s not just promising young starting pitchers who need Tommy John surgery. Veteran relievers sometimes do too. The news on Rockies’ reliever Rafael Betancourt:

 

Bad break for Betancourt, who was already on the 15-day disabled list due to the elbow.

This could be the end of the line for Betancourt. He’s almost 39 and he won’t be under contract after this season. If it is the end, he leaves an 11-year career in which he was one of the most reliable and, for some reason, one of the more unheralded setup men (and occasional closers) in the game.

  1. lyon810 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Still, he’s no Scot Shields

  2. rbj1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    John Buck is booking a flight right now. Rafael needs a hug.

  3. michaelle123 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    what Marcus implied I didn’t know that a stay at home mom able to get paid $4252 in 4 weeks on the computer. have you read …???? http://miniurl.com/dyRW

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