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63 Rafael Betancourt RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 4/29/1975 | Birthplace: Cumana, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Colorado | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $4,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 8/5
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Ottavino seeking opinions; Axford, Betancourt could close for Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rockies closer Adam Ottavino, who could be facing Tommy John surgery, is expected to receive "another opinion or two" on his injured right elbow, manager Walt Weiss told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday.

"Tough news for us and tough news for Adam, we still are getting another opinion or two, but doesn't look great," Weiss said.

Ottavino was placed on the 15-day DL last week with a right triceps injury. Weiss indicated that John Axford and Rafael Betancourt are two options for the Rockies in the ninth inning in Ottavino's absence.

"We have Axford and he's closed a lot of games in this league," Weiss said. "We still have Betancourt as well"


Rafael Betancourt in set-up role for Rockies


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Rafael Betancourt has appeared in six games for the Rockies this season. In five of them, he pitched the eighth inning. 

Betancourt appeared to be getting a chance to close, when he earned a save on April 13, but since then, he's appeared twice, both times in the eighth inning. More importantly, since then, Adam Ottavino has earned two saves. 


Rockies P Rafael Betancourt earns first save of season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt picked up the save during Monday's 2-0 win over the Giants.

Betancourt was given the opportunity for the save after manager Walt Weiss said LaTroy Hawkins would get a break from closing responsibilities. Betancourt pitched a perfect ninth inning Monday, striking out two batters to earn his first save of the season. 


Rockies' LaTroy Hawkins removed from closer role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Monday that pitcher LaTroy Hawkins will get "a break" from closing duties, the Denver Post reports.

"We have decided to give 'Hawk a break in that role," manager Walt Weiss said before Monday's game. "We're just trying to give him a little bit of a breather for the time being."

Rafael Betancourt will be in line to get a save opportunity Monday if needed, but the team could also use Adam Ottavino, John Axford or Boone Logan in the role. Ottavino, who the manager cited specifically as one player who would be used in the role, is likely unavailable Monday after pitching Saturday and Sunday but has racked up seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and one walk.

Axford was signed this offseason as potential insurance in the ninth inning, but he's away from the team due to a family medical emergency. Logan has tossed three perfect innings in three appearaces.


Rafael Betancourt, Rafael Ynoa land spots on Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Rockies purchased the contract of pitcher Rafael Betancourt while also informing infielder Rafael Ynoa that he has made the team's Opening Day roster Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Betancourt, who turns 40 in late April, didn't pitch last season while recovering from an elbow injury, but he was able to land a spot in the Rockies bullpen by giving up just one earned run in 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking one. He'll join closer LaTroy Hawkins, 42, in giving the Rockies' bullpen a pair of the league's eldest statesmen.

Ynoa earned his spot by hitting .309/.333/.364 in 55 spring at-bats.


Rockies P Rafael Betancourt will soon learn spring training fate


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt hasn't been in the position of wondering about his major-league fate for quite some time. 

But coming off of Tommy John surgery in 2013, Betancourt is unsure if he'll be on the 25-man roster when camp breaks. He's posted a 1.17 ERA in eight appearances, which should help his chances. But the Rockies possess enough depth where he could wind up in the minors. 

But Betancourt said he's approached every spring training with the mindset that he could be sent to the minors, even when his job security was great. 

"I'm not lying, but every spring training — I've never said this, and maybe it's the right time to say it — but even when I had guaranteed contracts and all that, I felt I needed to do my job to be on the team," Betancourt said, via MLB.com

Before his elbow injury, Betancourt had a 4.08 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched during the 2013 season. 


Rockies' Weiss: Rafael Betancourt 'is amazing'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt made his second appearance Wednesday since suffering a bruised jaw on a comebacker, allowing one hit and one walk in one scoreless inning while striking out two.

"Yeah, Rafi, Rafi is amazing," manager Walt Weiss said after the outing, per MLB.com. "He still has that pinpoint command. He can clip the corners with everything he throws. He's still very effective."

Betancourt is in camp as a nonroster invitee and looking to win a spot in the rotation, but Weiss wouldn't say whether the veteran has a leg up in the competition.

"He's still battling for a spot," Weiss said.

"I don't like to see it like that," Betancourt said. "Everyone here has a chance to make this team. But those kind of things are coming from the front office, the coaches, the manager. They're the ones who are going to make those decisions. For me, I just need to keep working hard. It's always been that way for me."

Betancourt has surrendered just one earned run in 5 2/3 spring innings while striking out eight and walking one.


Rockies' Rafael Betancourt suffers bruised jaw Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt was diagnosed with a jaw contusion after being struck by a line drive Thursday, MLB.com reports.

Betancourt was able to walk off the field after being hit by the liner, and he is reported to not have concussion symptoms. He has surrendered one earned run in 3 2/3 innings this spring.


Rockies' Rafael Betancourt out to prove he can still pitch


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt has one goal left this spring: prove he can still do it. Because he's not working with a guaranteed contract, he can't slack off at all.

"Even when I had a guaranteed contract, I would never come here and take any day for granted," Betancourt said. "I always try to come here and be the same person every time. Now it's a different situation, because I just got invited to Spring Training, and what I have to show is that I'm healthy. That's the most important thing. The other stuff will come along, and all I have to do is pitch. The other things, I'm not really concerned. All I need to do is prove I'm healthy and prove I can pitch."

Betancourt suffered a torn UCL in August 2013, leading to the team declining his option last year.

"I think the hardest part was last year, when [I had] four months without throwing, just rehabbing," Betancourt said. "And then you start playing catch and you have to follow a throwing program every time you do it. It's kind of weird. Even when I started pitching in Minor League games last year, it was hard. Recovery time was tough. It was painful every time."


Rockies' Rafael Betancourt works scoreless inning in spring debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt worked one scoreless inning in his first major league appearance since suffering an elbow injury in August 2013, reports MLB.com.

"Every time I go in the game, it matters for me -- even before I was hurt, it's always been like that," said Betancourt, who turns 40 on April 29. "I like to get in all those situations to see how I'm going to feel."

Betancourt survived a two-out double by Chris Coghlan and helped get Colorado the 7-5 win Sunday.

"I was very anxious. It had been a long time since facing big-league hitters. I'm on a mission, first to show that I'm healthy and prove to them I can still pitch. I have to take care of myself to be able to do that."


Rockies sign Betancourt, Quintanilla to minor-league deals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Rockies signed former closer Rafael Betancourt and infielder Omar Quintanilla to minor-league contracts Friday, per MLB.com. 

Quintanilla spent the last two seasons with the Mets, while Betancourt did not pitch in the majors in 2014 as he was working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He did pitch in the minors, going 2-0 with a 4.66 ERA.

"I have another chance," Betancourt said by phone from his offseason home in Orlando, Fla. "Compared to how it was last year or even when I was pitching in games, I feel a lot more normal now.

"When I threw for the Rockies last week, I threw all my pitches -- fastball, changeup and breaking ball. Last year, I didn't throw any breaking balls, because my arm felt weird. It's 16 months after surgery and everything is going well. I'm also happy the Rockies stuck with me; they have a new GM [Jeff Bridich] but still were there for me, and I appreciate that."


Manager open to bringing Rafael Betancourt back next year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Walt Weiss has expressed a desire to bring righty reliever Rafael Betancourt back in 2015. The former Rockies closer lost most of this season to Tommy John surgery. He worked his way back to Triple-A Colorado Springs, but was not allowed to pitch on successive days, which prevented him from earning a promotion to Colorado.

"Just on makeup alone, I like what he brings from that standpoint," Weiss told MLB.com about the 39-year-old Betancourt, who is eligible for free agency after this season.

Betancourt saved 45 games for Colorado in a year-and-a-half during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.


Boone Logan, Rafael Betancourt to toss live BP Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Rockies relievers Boone Logan and Rafael Betancourt will toss live batting practice Tuesday, according to the Denver Post

Logan is attempting to come back after dealing with elbow inflammation. Betancourt is trying to come back after Tommy John surgery.


Rafael Betancourt facing live hitters


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt faced live hitters for the first time Friday, as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery.

Betancourt tossed 26 pitches to two hitters, and will try to throw 30 more Monday, according to MLB.com. If he makes it through that without issue, the team expects him to move on to rookie-level Grand Junction for a rehab assignment by July 1.

Even though Betancourt is nearing a return to game action, that does not necessarily mean his return to the majors is looming. The organization apparently wants to see him pitch at every level in the minors, with a comeback slated toward the end of the season. 


Rafael Betancourt throws 48-pitch bullpen session Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt threw a 48-pitch bullpen session Saturday, MLB.com reports.

Betancourt is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He could begin making appearances with one of the Rockies' minor-league affiliates by the end of the month in hopes of making a major-league contribution late in the season.


Rafael Betancourt making progress in Tommy John recovery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery, and could be pitching in games next month.

Betancourt, who signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies, threw his second bullpen session Friday. He is working at extended spring training, and MLB.com reports he could begin pitching in Rookie League games in June.

Head athletic trainer Keith Dugger told MLB.com he thinks Betancourt has a good chance to be back in the majors by the end of the year. The 39-year-old had surgery last September to repair a torn UCL in his right elbow.  


Rafael Betancourt signs minor-league deal with Rockies


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Reliever Rafael Betancourt has signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies. 

Though Betancourt was a free-agent, he was actually doing his rehab at the team's facility. It was assumed he would re-sign with the club once he was ready to come back from Tommy John surgery. He's hoping to make it back to the majors before the end of the season.


Rafael Betancourt confident he will pitch this season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Former Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt threw from 150 feet Monday in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, according to The Denver Post. Betancourt is confident he will pitch this season.

Rafael Betancourt rehabbing with Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Free-agent pitcher Rafael Betancourt threw long-toss at Marlins Park Monday as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery, MLB.com reports.

Betancourt spent time at Rockies camp this spring, and it appears he will continue his recovery with the team despite being a free agent. He hopes to sign with the Rockies and be ready to pitch late this season.


Rafael Betancourt working to come back from Tommy John


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Free-agent pitcher Rafael Betancourt is working to come back from Tommy John surgery, according to the Denver Post

Betancourt should begin throwing soon, and has plans to visit the Rockies for a few weeks during the spring. While he's still technically a free-agent, Betancourt wants to return to Colorado if possible. “If I pitch again, it will be with the Rockies," Betancourt said. "I can’t see myself anywhere else at this point in my career." Betancourt hopes he can pitch at some point during the 2014 season. 


Rockies decline option on Rafael Betancourt


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) The Rockies declined their half of a mutual option on a contract for closer Rafael Betancourt Monday, MLB.com reports. 

The 38-year-old recently underwent career-threatening Tommy John surgery. He is unlikely to pitch until at least 2015 at this point. 


Report: Rafael Betancourt to undergo Tommy John surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) Venezuelan newspaper Mi Diairo reports that Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt will undergo Tommy John surgery, accoring to MLB.com. He will meet with Dr. James Andrews Wednesday and plans to have the surgery in September.

"I took the decision last night, alongside doctors," Betancourt said on the radio show Los Cronistas. "They told me there was little chance of recovery with current treatment."

After tearing his UCL on Aug. 22, Betancourt is unlikely to have his mutual option picked up by the Rockies.


Rafael Betancourt could retire if faced with surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt might retire if he has to have Tommy John surgery on his elbow, according to the Denver Post

Betancourt is going to try and rehab the injury, but if that doesn't work, he'll probably hang up his cleats. The 38-year-old doesn't want to sit out an entire season to rehab. His contract is also up at the end of 2013, making it easier for him to walk away from the game.

Betancourt has a 4.08 ERA in 28 2/3 innings. 


MRI confirms UCL tear for Rafael Betancourt


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt received the news of his MRI results Monday night and they came out as he had expected, the Denver Post reports. Betancourt has a torn UCL in his elbow.

Betancourt said earlier Monday that he expects the tear and is unsure what his next step would be if that is what the test reveals. After the results were revealed, he said he'll attempt PRP treatment to see if his elbow responds.

The reliever, who is out for the season, said he has nothing to lose because he'll be out all of next year if he opts for surgery.



Rafael Betancourt waiting for MRI results


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt underwent an MRI and is awaiting the results, the Denver Post reports Monday. 

Betancourt said he expects the MRI to reveal a tear in his elbow ligament. He is unsure what his next step would be if that is what the test reveals.