Rock­ies right-han­der has can­cer set­back

Team says Bet­tis get­ting treat­ment, out in­def­i­nitely.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

World Clas­sic

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.

LYNNE SLADKY / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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