Rockies right-hander has cancer setback
Team says Bettis getting treatment, out indefinitely.
Colorado Rockies righthander Chad Bettis is taking a break from baseball to have chemotherapy after discovering that his testicular cancer has spread.
The Rockies said Bettis, who had a testicle removed Nov. 29, would undergo treatment “over the next several weeks” in Arizona. There is no timetable for his return.
“It’s on the backburner now. I’ve got to get this beat and get it out of me,” Bettis said Friday. “But it’s also what’s still driving me, to get back out there optimistically this year. We’ll see how everything goes and go from there.”
Bettis said his oncologist found inflamed lymph nodes during a routine checkup last week and a biopsy showed “that my testicular cancer has unexpectedly spread, and I will begin a regimen of chemotherapy in the very near future.”
“It’s unfortunate. It (stinks), honestly,” said Bettis, whose wife, Kristina, is expecting a girl.
Mets: Authorities in Port St. Lucie, Fla., said a Colorado woman claiming to be in a relationship with Tim Tebow was charged with trespassing after going to the team’s facility twice last month and looking for the former NFL quarterback.
A police report said Michelle Marie Thompson, 36, was arrested at First Data Field on Feb. 28, two days after being issued a trespass warning. Mets staffers reported Thompson to the police Feb. 26, saying she had been hanging around all day and asking about Tebow.
Blue Jays: Reliever T.J. House was taken off the field in an ambulance in Lakeland, Fla., after being hit on the head by a line drive in the ninth inning against Detroit.
House was bloodied, but the team said test results were normal, though House would remain hospitalized overnight for observation.
The pitcher was hit on the back of the head by a ball off the bat of John Hicks. The game was called with Toronto ahead 6-2.
Cubs: NL MVP Kris Bryant agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.05 million in the majors, a record for an unsigned player under club control with less than two years of major league service.
Athletics: Manager Bob Melvin left spring training to tend to a personal matter, and bench coach Mark Kotsay is taking over during Melvin’s absence.
Angels: Slugger Albert Pujols played in his first game since foot surgery, going 0 for 2 with a walk as designated hitter against San Diego.
United States 3, Colombia 2 (10 innings): Adam Jones hit the winning RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning in Miami as the United States overcame a two-run deficit in its opener. Cuba 4, Australia 3: Alfredo Despaigne hit a grand slam in Tokyo as Cuba reached the second round.
Japan 7, China 1: Seiji Kobayashi and Sho Nakata hit two-run homers as Japan finished pool play 3-0.
U.S. starter Chris Archer pitches against Colombia during a first-round game of the World Baseball Classic in Miami. The U.S. won 3-2 in 10 innings.