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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: 11 | Salary: $4,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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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. 


Rafael Betancourt hits DL, scheduled for MRI


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) The Rockies fear closer Rafael Betancourt has a torn UCL in his right elbow, and have scheduled an MRI for Monday morning. He will be placed on the disabled list Friday, according to the Denver Post, with Jhoulys Chacin coming off the bereavement list to replace him on the roster.

Rafael Betancourt exits with elbow injury, likely to DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt was forced out of Thursday's game against the Phillies with an elbow injury and will likely land on the disabled list for the third time this season, according to the Denver Post.

There is a concern that Betancourt may have torn a ligament in his elbow. He is expected to undergo an MRI Monday. The right-hander, who was pegged with the loss, allowed two runs on two-thirds of an inning before leaving the game.

Betancourt is 16 of 19 in save opportunities with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP before the injury.

Rafael Betancourt hits waivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt has been placed on waivers, according to FoxSports.com.

Betancourt has a $4.25 million option for 2014, and could draw more than a one-year rental if a team acquires him. He's had somewhat of a down year by his standards, with a 3.54 ERA in 31 games. Betancourt's velocity has dropped after he was activated from the disabled list, and his walk rate is up this year.


Rafael Betancourt's velocity down


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt has been dealing with decreased velocity since he returned from the disabled list.

Betancourt had been out since July 14 after having an appendectomy. Since he's come back, Betancourt's average fastball has dropped to below 90 mph. He's had two solid outings since his return, but struggled in his most recent outing. 

Betancourt has a 3.54 ERA in 28 innings. 


Rafael Betancourt suffers second blown save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt blew a save opportunity for the second time this season Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on three hits and one walk while only recording one out in his team's 4-3 loss to the Phillies.

Betancourt hadn't allowed any baserunners in his first two games back from the disabled list. He's now 2-4 with a 3.54 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 27:11 K:BB ratio in 28 innings while converting 16 of 18 save opportunities.


Rafael Betancourt converts 16th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt converted his first save since July 14 during Tuesday's contest against the Phillies. The right-hander made quick work as he struck out one and needed only eight pitches to retire the side in order to secure a 5-3 victory.

Betancourt has struck out three over his first two appearances (two innings) since his return from the disabled list. He is 16 of 17 in save chances with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.


Rockies make change at closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Sunday after talking with reliever Rafael Betancourt over the weekend he's convinced Betancourt is ready to resume his role as closer, bumping Rex Brothers from the role.

"He will go right back into the fire," Weiss said, per The Denver Post. "This gives us more flexibility with Rex."


Rafael Betancourt K's two in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt was back on the mound Saturday against the Orioles, the same day he was activated from the disabled list after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.

Though he did not enter in the game in a save situation, Betancourt still brought his best stuff. He struck out two batters while setting the side down in order in the eighth inning.

Betancourt had not pitched since July 14 prior to Saturday.  


Rafael Betancourt comes off DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) As expected, Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt was activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's game against the Orioles. Betancourt has been out since late July after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, and he is expected to step right back into the closer's role.

Rafael Betancourt expected to resume closer role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt is expected to resume his role as the team's closer once he is activated from the disabled list on Saturday, according to the Denver Post.

Betancourt felt no discomfort after an inning of relief in a rehab game with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday. He has been out since having an appendectomy July 19.

Rafael Betancourt begins rehab assignment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt began a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Colorado Springs. He allowed one run on two hits and no walks while striking out one over one inning of work. It was his first game action since July 14. He is scheduled to be activated Saturday.

Rockies manager unsure how he will handle closer's role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he is unsure if reliever Rafael Betancourt (appendix) will return to the closer's role once healthy, according to The Denver Post. Weiss said there's a chance he could ease Betancourt into the closer's role, which has been occupied by Rex Brothers with Betancourt sidelined.

Weiss said a lot will depend on how Betancourt performs in his rehab outing Thursday and how Betancourt feels. The plan is to activate him Saturday against the Orioles.


Rafael Betancourt expected to be activated Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt, who has been out since having an appendectomy July 19, felt fine after a 33-pitch simulated game and will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs Thursday. He is expected to be activated from the disabled list Saturday, according to the Denver Post.

Rafael Betancourt unsure if he'll return to the closer role


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt is unclear if he'll return to the closer role once he returns from the disabled list, according to the Denver Post

Betancourt is hoping to return Friday, but isn't sure if he'll supplant Rex Brothers. But Betancourt doesn't seem too concerned about his role. "Bullpens are weird. Sometimes stuff happens where you get off track. I have confidence in our guys," he said.

Betancourt has a 3.16 ERA in 25 2/3 innings. 


Rafael Betancourt might be back Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2013) Injured Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt (appendix) threw 30 pitches during a simulated game Monday, according to The Denver Post. He will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs Thursday and hopes to be activated by Friday at Baltimore.

Rafael Betancourt set for simulated game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt is set to throw a simulated game Monday, after successfully completing his third bullpen session Friday. 

Betancourt, who has been out since having an appendectomy July 19, could go on a rehab assignment shortly after, if he makes it through this outing fine. 


Rafael Betancourt tosses third 'pen session of week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt completed his third bullpen session of the week Friday, according to MLB.com.

Betancourt is working his way back from an emergency appendectomy and has lost eight pounds after the procedure. He has gained four pounds and is now at 216 pounds.

"I threw Monday, Wednesday and today -- 30, 40 and 47 pitches today," Betancourt said. "My energy is good. Today, it was all effort on every pitch, and I feel great."