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Rafael Betancourt re-signs with the Rockies

Apr 25, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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Rafael Betancourt underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in August and the Rockies declined their $4.25 million option on him, but now the two sides have reunited on a minor-league contract.

Before deciding on surgery Betancourt had talked about retiring at age 39, but instead he’ll try to make a comeback in the organization he’s been with since mid-2009.

There’s a slim chance he could be cleared to pitch for Colorado late this season, but odds are he’ll be looking at a 2015 return and the Rockies will be doing him a solid by letting him rehab with them in the meantime. For now he’ll head to extended spring training in Arizona.

  1. kyzslew77 - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Love ya Rafi. I’ll always remember you as the untouchable setup guy on the 2009 team that in my (very biased, very delusional) mind would have won the WS had it gotten past the Phillies. Definitely isn’t the same guy he was back then, but he could contribute next year.

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