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Rafael Betancourt | Relief Pitcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (39) / 4/29/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Isaac Newton College (VZ)
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Rafael Betancourt (elbow) has been moved up to Triple-A Colorado Springs from short-season Grand Junction.
Making his way back from Tommy John surgery, Betancourt holds a 1.76 ERA and 12/5 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 rehab innings to this point. He could join the Rockies' bullpen next month. "He's building himself up," manager Walt Weiss said. "We'll see if there's an opportunity to get him in the mix down the stretch." Aug 20 - 10:00 AM
Source: Denver Post

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Rafael Betancourt (elbow) threw a 48-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

Betancourt is returning from Tommy John surgery last September. The expectation is that he'll continue his comeback with the Rockies' Rookie League affiliate in Grand Junction in late June. The former closer is hoping to return to the major leagues before the season is up.
Jun 7 - 4:56 PM

Rafael Betancourt threw a second successful bullpen session at extended spring training on Friday.

The veteran right-hander is on track to begin working with the Rockies rookie league team in June before progressing to higher levels of competition. He's hoping to join the Rockies bullpen before the end of the season.
May 16 - 7:07 PM

Rockies signed RHP Rafael Betancourt to a minor league contract.

Betancourt has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery at the Rockies' spring training facility, as him eventually re-signing on a minor league deal was simply a formality. The veteran reliever will remain in extended spring training until June before beginning a rehab assignment with the team's rookie-level Grand Junction club. Betancourt is hoping to join the Rockies' bullpen before the end of the season
Apr 25 - 3:00 PM

Rafael Betancourt (elbow) plans to be at the Rockies' extended spring training until June, at which point he will begin a rehab assignment with their rookie-level Grand Junction club.

Betancourt is coming back from Tommy John surgery and is actually not even under contract with the Rockies, but the two sides appear to have a good-faith agreement. He had the operation last August but is hoping to join the bullpen before the end of the season. "It's weird being here on Opening Day, because I'd normally be playing," said Betancourt. "But I still feel part of the team, and the guys make me feel part of everything. So I'm happy to be here. It's fine."
Mar 31 - 8:58 PM

Rafael Betancourt (elbow) will work out at the Rockies' spring training complex for the next 10 days.

Betancourt remains a free agent, but the Rockies have given him permission to work out in their camp. The veteran reliever has professed a desire to pitch for the Rockies and no one else, so he seems likely to wind up back in Denver eventually provided that his rehab from Tommy John surgery goes well. Betancourt will throw 25 times from 90 feet on three occasions this week before expanding to 125 feet next week.
Mar 10 - 6:47 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that there is a "good chance" the Rockies will re-sign Rafael Betancourt.

Betancourt has said that if he does pitch again it will be for the Rockies, but Cotillo says the two sides are "trying to figure out the timing with his rehab" from Tommy John surgery. The reliever went under the knife in late August but is hoping to contribute at some point during the upcoming season.
Jan 19 - 9:53 AM

Rafael Betancourt (elbow) is expected to be cleared to begin throwing soon after an exam next week with Dr. James Andrews.

Betancourt underwent Tommy John surgery in late August but is still hoping to contribute at some point during the upcoming season. The free agent received interest from the Dodgers this winter but is committed to making a comeback attempt with the Rockies. "If I pitch again, it will be with the Rockies. I can’t see myself anywhere else at this point in my career. I have really enjoyed five years there," Betancourt said.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 10 - 12:44 PM

Free agent reliever Rafael Betancourt is at the winter meetings, ostensibly looking for a new contract.

"Minor league deal with Rockies likely," remarks FOX Sports' Jon Morosi. Betancourt underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in August and will likely miss the entire 2014 campaign.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 06:43:00 PM

Rockies declined Rafael Betancourt's $4.25 million mutual option for the 2014 season.

Betancourt underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in August and will miss the entire 2014 campaign, so the decision to decline his option wasn't a difficult one for the Rockies. Betancourt, 38, hasn't said whether he plans to attempt a comeback in 2015.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 05:36:00 PM

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Rafael Betancourt indicated that if he underwent Tommy John surgery, he'd only be interested in returning to the Rockies.

Betancourt made the decision Friday to go under the knife rather than attempting to heal the UCL through rest and rehab. He'll miss the entire 2014 campaign, and attempt to come back for the 2015 season.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 06:51:00 PM

Rafael Betancourt has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Betancourt had planned to try rehab for a torn UCL and then possibly retire if that doesn't work, but he told a Venezuelan radio show Thursday that he's changed his mind. "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." Betancourt will turn 39 next April but thinks he can pitch for "a few more years" if his rehab goes well. He won't be ready until 2015.
Source: MLB.com
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 10:22:00 AM

Rafael Betancourt (elbow) hinted that he would rather retire rather than have Tommy John surgery.

Betancourt is dealing with a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will try platelet rich plasma treatment. If it doesn't work, the 38-year-old could walk away from the game. "They left it up to me whether to have surgery or not. I will see if this helps and allows me to throw again. If not…," said Betancourt.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 12:16:00 PM

Rafael Betancourt has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

The news comes as no surprise. Betancourt suffered the tear during Thursday's appearance and was placed on the disabled list the following day. The veteran reliever will be given a PRP injection before being re-evaluated, but Tommy John surgery is probably inevitable. His $4.25 million mutual option for 2014 won't be picked up, and given that he'll turn 39 just after Opening Day next year, it could be a career-ending injury.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 11:57:00 PM

Rockies placed RHP Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain.

Betancourt suffered the elbow injury in Thursday's game and is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine if there's any ligament damage. Rex Brother will take over as the Rockies' closer
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 05:23:00 PM

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SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Josh Rutledge
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4Cristhian Adames
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LF1Corey Dickerson
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CF1Drew Stubbs
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RF1Charlie Blackmon
2Michael Cuddyer
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6Eddie Butler
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4Matt Belisle
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