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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 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. Apr 13 - 10:35 PM
Source: Denver Post

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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

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."
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 08:58:00 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.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 06:47:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of 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.
Sun, Jan 19, 2014 09:53:00 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
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 12:44:00 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

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