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  1. Rafael Betancourt re-signs with the Rockies

    Apr 25, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    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.

  2. Rockies working on deal with Rafael Betancourt

    Jan 19, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

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    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,”…

  3. Rockies or bust for rehabbing Rafael Betancourt

    Jan 10, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    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…

  4. A mutual option was mutually exercised

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Matt Belisle

    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…

  5. Rockies decline Rafael Betancourt’s option for 2014

    Oct 29, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. Rafael Betancourt will have Tommy John surgery

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    rafael betancourt getty

    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…

  7. Rafael Betancourt has a torn UCL

    Aug 27, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

    rafael betancourt getty

    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…

  8. Phillies walk off for the third consecutive game

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    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…

  9. Rockies place closer Rafael Betancourt on the DL again

    Aug 23, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    rafael betancourt getty

    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…

  10. Rockies worried Rafael Betancourt has serious elbow injury

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    rafael betancourt getty

    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…

  11. 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…

  12. Rafael Betancourt lands on disabled list with appendicitis

    Jul 20, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    rafael betancourt getty

    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…

  13. Rafael Betancourt due back Friday, will resume closing

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    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…

  14. Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt placed on DL

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    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,…

  15. Giants win on Angel Pagan’s walk-off inside the park home run

    May 25, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT

    angel pagan getty

    On a day of odd baseball, the Giants take home the first place prize as they defeated the Rockies 6-5 on a walk-off, one-out, two-run home run by Angel Pagan. The Rockies had taken a 5-4 lead on a Troy Tulowitzki solo homer to left field off of Giants closer Sergio Romo in the top…

  16. Rockies activate Michael Cuddyer; Rafael Betancourt and Jeff Francis make progress

    May 24, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer Getty

    The Rockies have activated Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day disabled list, tweets Troy Renck. The outfielder had been sidelined due to an inflamed cervical disc, halting a fantastic start to the year. The 34-year-old carried a .319/.383/.580 line through May 8, his last appearance. It should be noted his numbers are much better at Coors…

  17. 2013 Preview: Colorado Rockies

    Mar 21, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Walt Weiss Getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Colorado Rockies. The Big Question: Can the Rockies dig themselves out of last place? The Rockies went 64-98 last…

  18. With scouts watching, Rick Porcello turns in gem

    Mar 4, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Rick Porcello

    At least according to the numbers, Rick Porcello turned in one of the best outings of the spring so far Monday, striking out six in four scoreless innings against the Astros. The watchers were likely pretty impressed, too. With Porcello rumored to be available in trade talks, today’s performance came in front of a “ton”…

  19. Rockies acquire reliever Wilton Lopez from Astros

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    Wilton Lopez

    As the Denver Post’s Troy Renck first reported, the Rockies have acquired reliever Wilton Lopez from the Astros for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham. Lopez was nearly traded to the Phillies for right-hander Tyler Cloyd and catcher Sebastian Valle last week, but the deal fell apart, reportedly because the Phillies’ physical brought up red flags.…

  20. Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt drawing interest from A’s, Braves, Blue Jays, Rangers, Angels

    Jul 30, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Colorado is on pace for the worst season in franchise history, so it makes sense that the Rockies would be trying to deal veterans for prospects and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that closer Rafael Betancourt could be on the move. According to Renck the A’s, Braves, Blue Jays, Rangers, and Angels have…

  21. So who’s available at the trade deadline?

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    The non-waiver trade deadline is coming. July 31, as usual. After a slow beginning to crazy season due to so many teams being in contention or erroneously believing so, the rumblings are getting louder. It’s great fun, yes? Over the next couple of weeks, we will obviously be writing individual posts for each of the…

  22. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  23. Jim Tracy gives Matt Kemp the Barry Bonds treatment

    May 2, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    Jim Tracy

    And it backfired. Matt Kemp, the NL player of the month for April, hadn’t been intentionally walked all season before Colorado manager Jim Tracy gave him two free passes today. It was the second of those that was truly surprising, though: Kemp was put on as the tying run with a man on first and…

  24. Rockies extend reliever Rafael Betancourt’s contract

    Jan 19, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Rafael Betancourt will be a full-time closer for the first time this season at age 36 and today the veteran right-hander agreed to a contract extension with the Rockies. Betancourt’s old contract pays $4 million this season and included a $4.25 million mutual option or $250,000 buyout for 2013, but Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes…

  25. The Rockies have talked to Brad Lidge

    Dec 16, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have talked to the agent for veteran reliever Brad Lidge. We first learned of the club’s interest during last week’s Winter Meetings. Lidge, who turns 35 next week, didn’t make his first appearance this year until late-July due to arm problems, but ended up posting…

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