Bet­tis pitches two strong in­nings in first re­hab start

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Saun­ders

Chad Bet­tis’ next big step was a big suc­cess.

The Rock­ies right-han­der, work­ing his way back from tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, made his first re­hab start Thurs­day, pitch­ing two in­nings for Dou­ble-A Hart­ford against Trenton, the New York Yan­kees’ Dou­ble-A af­fil­i­ate.

Bet­tis struck out three, gave up no hits and al­lowed one un­earned run. He faced eight bat­ters and threw 31 pitches, 19 for strikes.

Bet­tis, who un­der­went chemo­ther­apy this spring and sum­mer, has been work­ing out with the Rock­ies and slowly build­ing him­self back into form. He be­gan his come­back with bullpen ses­sions and then threw a sim­u­lated game last week.

Bet­tis was charged with an un­earned run in the first in­ning. Yan­kees’ No. 4 prospect Jorge Ma­teo reached on an er­ror by Yard Goats third base­man Josh Fuentes, then stole sec­ond base. With one out, Trenton’s Thairo Estrada reached on a fielder’s choice, with Ma­teo tak­ing third. Bet­tis then al­lowed a sac­ri­fice fly to Billy Flem­ing be­fore strik­ing out Zach Zehner to end the in­ning.

Bet­tis pitched a one-twothree sec­ond in­ning, strik­ing out two and in­duc­ing a grounder to sec­ond.

Bet­tis, 28, is cur­rently on the 60-day dis­abled list. He was 14-8 with a 4.79 ERA last sea­son, and led the Rock­ies with 186 in­nings pitched. Colorado was 21-11 over his 32 starts.

There is no spe­cific timetable for his re­turn to the Rock­ies, but it could be be­fore the end of the month.

Brad Hor­ri­gan, Hart­ford Courant

Rock­ies start­ing pitcher Chad Bet­tis struck out three bat­ters in his out­ing in Dou­ble-A.

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