Aug 23, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT
Betancourt underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in late 2013 and did not make an appearance at the major league level in 2014, but the Rockies invited him to camp this spring and he made the Opening Day roster after a strong showing in the Cactus League.
Aug 8, 2015, 7:45 PM EDT
Tommy Kahnle will be the fourth different “official” closer for the Rockies this season.
Jul 31, 2015, 11:55 PM EDT
John Axford has allowed runs in five consecutive appearances, blowing four saves. He’s out as the Rockies’ closer for now.
Jul 19, 2015, 11:50 PM EDT
The Tigers are looking at John Axford as a potential upgrade for their bullpen, but they may not decide to buy after falling below .500 on Sunday.
Jun 9, 2015, 8:18 AM EDT
He’s been “feeling sick and weak” since mid-May.
Apr 27, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT
Adam Ottavino was just named as the Rockies closer two weeks ago, but now he’s headed to the disabled list with right triceps inflammation.
Apr 15, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT
Ottavino picked up his first save of the season Tuesday night, striking out all three batters he faced against the Giants.
Apr 13, 2015, 4:03 PM EDT
He has blown two saves in three appearances.
Apr 2, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT
Betancourt was the Rockies’ closer when his elbow gave out in 2013.
Mar 19, 2015, 6:41 PM EDT
Betancourt, who turns 40 in April, is fighting for a spot in the Rockies’ bullpen this spring.
Dec 25, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT
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Apr 25, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT
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.
Jan 19, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT
Rafael Betancourt underwent Tommy John elbow surgery last August and will miss at least the first half of the 2014 season. When the free agent right-hander does finally return to the big league stage, it will almost certainly be with the Colorado Rockies. “I can’t see myself anywhere else at this point in my career,”…
Jan 10, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT
Rafael Betancourt is trying to come back from Tommy John elbow surgery at age 38 and could miss the entire season, but whenever he does return he wants it to be with the Rockies. Colorado declined his $4.25 million option for 2014, making Betancourt a free agent, but the right-hander told Troy Renck of the…
Nov 4, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT
This doesn’t happen often; mutual options are usually attached to contracts for the buyout, which allows a team to give a player a bit more guaranteed money without having to actual make the payout anytime soon. They’re hardly ever exercised, because how often is it that a team and a player are going to completely…
Oct 29, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT
As expected the Rockies have declined their $4.25 million option on Rafael Betancourt for next season after the one-time closer underwent Tommy John elbow surgery that will knock him out for most of 2014. Betancourt initially wanted to go with rest and rehab to avoid surgery, but the 39-year-old later decided to go under the…
Aug 30, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT
Rafael Betancourt initially indicated that he planned to try rest and rehab after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, but now the 39-year-old Rockies reliever has changed his mind. Betancourt explained to a Venezuelan newspaper that he’ll undergo Tommy John surgery because “they told me there was little chance of…
Aug 27, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT
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: Betancourt has torn UCL. News was expected — Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 27, 2013 Bad break for Betancourt, who was already on the 15-day disabled list due to the elbow. This…
Aug 23, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT
The Phillies, perhaps coincidentally, have started to play better since firing long-time manager Charlie Manuel and replacing him with Ryne Sandberg. With tonight’s walk-off victory, their third consecutive walk-off, they have won five of their last six games. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Phillies victimized Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, who we later found out was…
Aug 23, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT
After blowing two consecutive saves in Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday, the Rockies have placed closer Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow, reports MLB.com’s Michael Radano. He will undergo an MRI on Monday which the club hopes assuages their fear he has torn his ulnar ligament. On Wednesday, Betancourt…
Aug 23, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT
Colorado’s decision not to trade 38-year-old closer Rafael Betancourt may be a costly one, as he left last night’s game with an elbow injury. Troy Renck of the Denver Post speculates that it’s a serious injury–and specifically a torn ulnar collateral ligament–because “several teammates quietly patted him on the back” and “the gravity of the…
Aug 13, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT
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…
Jul 20, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT
From Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that the Rockies have placed veteran closer Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list due to a case of appendicitis. The move was made retroactive to July 15, so Betancourt will be allowed to (and should) return before the end of this month. The veteran right-hander…
Jun 26, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT
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…
Jun 1, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT
Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, playing through groin pain, has been put on the 15-day disabled list, tweets Tracy Ringolsby. Betancourt has a 3.20 ERA on the season but has allowed multiple runs in two out of his three most recent outings, including last night against the Dodgers. Troy Renck spoke to manager Walt Weiss recently,…
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