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Chad Bettis | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas Tech
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (0) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Chad Bettis (cancer) allowed three runs over 2 2/3 innings Sunday in his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque.
Bettis, who previously made two starts with Double-A Hartford, allowed six hits and two walks while striking out four. He was pulled after throwing 62 pitches. The results weren't the best, but Bettis is feeling good as he continues his comeback from testicular cancer. "Physically, I felt good and strong. I felt like I could've thrown a lot more," Bettis said after Sunday's outing. "But I worked on what I need to. I felt like I was able to execute some of the pitches that I really wanted to, but at the same time, it seemed like there's some stuff to work on." Bettis is slated to throw 75-80 pitches in his next rehab start on Friday before being reevaluated. He should join the Rockies' rotation at some point in August. Jul 24 - 8:45 AM

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Chad Bettis (cancer) will make his next rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Albuquerque.

He'll log between 60 and 65 pitches. The right-hander will make another start for the Isotopes on Friday and is expected to throw about 80 pitches in that outing. After that, he should be ready to join the Rockies' rotation. Bettis looked sharp in his first two rehab appearances, allowing just one run over 4 2/3 innings for Double-A Hartford. The 28-year-old missed the first half of the season while undergoing treatment for testicular cancer.
Jul 22 - 6:20 PM

Chad Bettis (cancer) allowed one earned run over 2 2/3 innings Tuesday in a rehab appearance with Double-A Hartford.

There were some weather concerns, so Bettis pitched in relief. He struck out three, walked one, and yielded three hits. The 28-year-old right-hander could be ready to join the Rockies before the end of July, after being re-diagnosed with testicular cancer in early March.
Jul 18 - 8:56 PM

Chad Bettis (cancer) allowed one unearned run over two hitless innings Thursday in a rehab outing for Double-A Hartford.

He struck out three and didn't walk a batter while throwing 19 of his 31 pitches for strikes. Bettis is going to need a few more outings to get his pitch count back up but the 28-year-old is nearing a return to the big leagues. The 28-year-old has made an incredible comeback from testicular cancer, undergoing chemotherapy as recently as May 16. The right-hander holds a 5.01 ERA across 89 major league appearances including 60 starts.
Jul 13 - 8:23 PM

Chad Bettis (cancer) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment during the All-Star break.

Bettis underwent surgery last November for testicular cancer and missed the start of the season after the cancer spread, but he has ramped up his throwing program after undergoing months of chemotherapy. He made it through a bullpen session Saturday and is scheduled to throw batting practice when the Rockies return home this week. Assuming all goes well, he'll be cleared to return to game action. Bettis posted a 4.57 ERA (105 ERA+) in 52 starts between 2014-2015 and could serve as useful rotation depth during the second half. His return will make for quite the story.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 3 - 9:00 AM

Chad Bettis (cancer) will throw a 15-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.

This will be the third time Bettis has thrown off a mound but the first time he's thrown from 60 feet, six inches. Bettis will only throw fastballs but it won't be long until he starts mixing in the rest of his arsenal, which includes a change-up and a curveball. Bettis underwent surgery for testicular cancer in November and later began chemo therapy treatments after the cancer spread to his lymph nodes. He's hoping to return around the All-Star break.
Jun 17 - 5:39 PM

Chad Bettis (cancer) said he expects to return to a major league mound by mid-July.

"I want to be back by the All-Star break," said the 28-year-old right-hander, who has completed a three-month cycle of chemotherapy. "I don’t know if that’s realistic. It is for me. But I’m me." Bettis threw from 75 and 90 feet in the Coors Field outfield on Tuesday and is aiming to begin mound work within the next two weeks.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 6 - 8:06 PM

Chad Bettis will return to the team Tuesday in Denver, as he continues his road back from testicular cancer.

Bettis underwent months of chemotherapy, finishing May 16. After awaiting cancer marker blood tests to determine if the treatment was successful, he was given the green light. He has been playing catch from 75 feet in Arizona at the end of his chemo cycles to keep his arm in shape, although it's uncertain when he might be able to make his way back into game shape.
Jun 3 - 2:44 AM

Rockies placed RHP Chad Bettis on the 60-day disabled list with testicular cancer.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Mark Reynolds. Bettis began chemotherapy last week and is slated to miss most of the season.
Mar 26 - 4:02 PM

Chad Bettis is scheduled to begin chemotherapy Monday for testicular cancer.

Bettis entered Rockies camp this spring with a clean bill of health and even made an appearance in a Cactus League game, but his cancer has sadly returned. Rockies manager Bud Black said the 27-year-old right-hander intends to return to Major League Baseball this summer.
Mar 20 - 12:26 PM

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes that Chad Bettis (cancer) is expected to miss "a large portion of the season."

Bettis revealed some unfortunate news Friday when he said that his testicular cancer unexpectedly spread. He's slated to undergo chemotherapy soon, and obviously it's going to be a long time before he'll be ready to pitch in a major league game again. Jeff Hoffman and German Marquez look like favorites to open the year in Colorado's rotation with Bettis sidelined, although it's possible the club will seek help outside the organization.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 12 - 11:01 AM

Chad Bettis revealed on Twitter Friday that he will undergo chemotherapy after his testicular cancer unexpectedly spread.

His doctor spotted inflamed lymph nodes during Bettis' checkup last week and ordered an immediate biopsy, which revealed the unfortunate news. Bettis writes that his blood tumor markers "remain at normal levels," but "it's clear that I need to be aggressive in my fight against this illness." It's unclear at this point how long this will keep Bettis away from baseball, but obviously that's not on the forefront of his mind.
Mar 10 - 1:24 PM

Chad Bettis allowed one run over two innings Sunday in his Cactus League debut.

Bettis has been eased into action this spring after needing surgery this winter for testicular cancer. He has a clean bill of health now and should be locked into a spot near the top of the Colorado rotation. Bettis, 27, had a 4.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 138/59 K/BB ratio in 186 innings (32 starts) last season with the Rockies.
Mar 5 - 4:23 PM

Chad Bettis is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Sunday.

The right-hander is expected to work two innings, or around 40 pitches. Bettis underwent surgery in September for testicular cancer. He's expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Mar 4 - 11:50 AM

Chad Bettis said that he received a clean bill of health following blood work which was done on Tuesday.

Bettis underwent surgery for testicular cancer in November. He told MLB Network Radio in early January that he was cancer-free. So far, so good. "I got the blood work back from the doctor, met with him today, and he said my tumor markers are not detectable," Bettis said on Wednesday. While this is nothing but stellar news, the Rockies will be understandably playing it safe with the 27-year-old right-hander this spring. He is not slated to pitch first time through the Cactus League rotation. A simulated game awaits him next Tuesday as he works toward Opening Day.
Feb 22 - 7:17 PM

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