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Rafael Betancourt | Relief Pitcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (40) / 4/29/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Isaac Newton College (VZ)
Contract: view contract details

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Rockies activated RHP Rafael Betancourt from the 15-day disabled list.
Betancourt was placed on the disabled list in early June due to a bout of vertigo that he has been slow to overcome. The 40-year-old right-hander owns an inflated 6.30 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 20/3 K/BB ratio over 20 innings on the season. Jun 26 - 7:08 PM

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Rafael Betancourt (vertigo) will pitch in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday.

Betancourt has been battling the illness since early June, but is getting closer to a return to the Rockies bullpen. Expect him to return before the end of June.
Jun 19 - 10:53 PM

Rockies placed RHP Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 7, with vertigo.

Betancourt has battled a sinus infection recently and it appeared to affect his performance, as he allowed eight runs over his last three appearances. He shouldn't need much, if any, more than 15 days to recover.
Jun 8 - 5:08 PM

Rafael Betancourt yielded a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning Tuesday versus the Dodgers in his return to action.

Betancourt hadn't been available for a few days due to a sinus infection but appeared in both ends of Tuesday's doubleheader. He retired the only batter he faced in the first game but allowed four hits -- including Alex Guerrero's grand slam -- as he tried to close out the second game with John Axford unavailable.
Jun 3 - 8:17 AM

Rafael Betancourt left Saturday's game against the Phillies with a sinus infection.

He was also dealing with dehydration. Betancourt pitched to two batters in the eighth inning, allowing a home run to Cesar Hernandez and walking Ben Revere. Left-hander Boone Logan entered the game in his place.
May 30 - 6:14 PM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said after Monday's game that he's not ready to "declare a closer."

Rafael Betancourt recorded two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning Monday against the Giants to pick up the first save since LaTroy Hawkins' demotion. That might make him the favorite to receive the next opportunity and perhaps run with the role, but Adam Ottavino and possibly others could also get a look. Perhaps the only reason it wasn't Ottavino being used Monday was because he had already pitched Saturday and Sunday.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 13 - 10:35 PM

After LaTroy Hawkins was pulled from the closer role earlier in the day, Rafael Betancourt tossed a perfect ninth inning against the Giants on Monday for his first save of the season.

It was actually his first save since August 22, 2013. Betancourt struck out two in the spotless frame. Rockies manager Walt Weiss hasn't committed to one pitcher for save chances, so Betancourt could continue to get looks. Adam Ottavino threw 2 1/3 innings between Saturday and Sunday, so he could have gotten the call Monday if he was available. He's the best long-term bet in this bullpen.
Apr 13 - 8:31 PM

Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Rafael Betancourt from Triple-A Albuquerque.

The former Rockies closer has enjoyed a career resurgence this spring following Tommy John surgery, posting a 1.04 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings of work. With Rex Brothers in the minors, Betancourt could even work his way into a setup role for closer LaTroy Hawkins. It's worth remembering for those in fantasy leagues that count holds.
Apr 1 - 8:43 PM

Rafael Betancourt has been diagnosed with a contusion on the right side of his jaw after taking a line drive that forced him from Thursday's game.

Betancourt was able to walk off the field without any issues and has been cleared of any concussion symptoms. The veteran reliever dodged a serious injury and will be able to continue his bid on a winning a bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee.
Mar 19 - 6:22 PM

Rockies re-signed RHP Rafael Betancourt to a minor league contract.

He'll be invited to spring training. Betancourt made 21 rehab appearances last season after making it back from Tommy John surgery, holding a 4.66 ERA. He'll turn 40 in April and is obviously no safe bet, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the former closer winds up having a role in the Rockies' bullpen in 2015.
Jan 30 - 1:03 PM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Tuesday that he'd like the team to re-sign Rafael Betancourt.

"Just on makeup alone, I like what he brings from that standpoint," Weiss said. Betancourt made it up to Triple-A Colorado Springs as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery but was not promoted this month because he wasn't ready to throw on back-to-back days. However, Betancourt fully intends to pitch in 2015 even though he'll turn 40 on April 29. "Of course I'll come back to pitch -- that's why I had the surgery," Betancourt said. "I've already started my offseason workout. I understand the situation [at the end of this season]. Maybe it was too early for me to pitch, but I know I can do it. I'm going to keep preparing myself."
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 02:48:00 PM

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."
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

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.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 04:56:00 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.
Fri, May 16, 2014 07:07:00 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
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 03:00:00 PM

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1B1Justin Morneau
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2B1D.J. LeMahieu
2Daniel Descalso
SS1Jose Reyes
2Cristhian Adames
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1Corey Dickerson
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Brandon Barnes
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
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S1Jorge De La Rosa
2Kyle Kendrick
3Chad Bettis
4Chris Rusin
5David Hale
6Eddie Butler
7Jordan Lyles
8Tyler Anderson
9Tyler Chatwood
Relief Pitcher
R1John Axford
2Boone Logan
3Rafael Betancourt
4Tommy Kahnle
5Brooks Brown
6Christian Friedrich
7Christian Bergman
8Yohan Flande
9Justin Miller
10Gonzalez Germen
11Aaron Laffey
12Adam Ottavino