Chad Bet­tis pitches his best mi­nor-league re­hab game, ap­pears ready to re­join Rock­ies’ ro­ta­tion.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nick Groke

CLEVE­LAND» Rain fell in the way of Chad Bet­tis near New Or­leans on Tues­day, but it will prob­a­bly not keep him out of the ma­jors.

The Rock­ies right-han­der, in what fig­ures to be his fi­nal re­hab start in a come­back from cancer, pitched an im­pres­sive out­ing for Triple-A Albuquerque, with five con­cise in­nings of work, al­low­ing one run on three hits, with two strike­outs and no walks.

Bet­tis, a 28-year-old who twice fell be­hind within the past year be­cause of tes­tic­u­lar cancer — first af­ter surgery in De­cem­ber, then again for chemo­ther­apy start­ing in February — pitched his best re­hab game among six since re­turn­ing to the mound for a Dou­ble-A game July 13.

Against the New Or­leans Baby Cakes, a mi­nor-league af­fil­i­ate of the Mi­ami Mar­lins, Bet­tis used just 37 pitches to re­tire nine of the first 10 bat­ters he faced, in­clud­ing six ground­outs. He left af­ter five in­nings and 70 pitches when rain de­layed the game 26 min­utes. Bet­tis fin­ished his night in the Iso­topes’ bullpen and reached a planned limit of 90 pitches throw­ing on the side.

Bet­tis will prob­a­bly re­turn to the Rock­ies’ start­ing ro­ta­tion Mon­day against the Atlanta Braves, when the club re­turns to Colorado to start a seven-game home­s­tand. It will al­low him an extra day of rest and place his come­back in fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings.

With an off day Thurs­day, Colorado will get through its cur­rent five-game road trip with a four­man ro­ta­tion. Ger­man Mar­quez, who gave up just two hits in six in­nings Tues­day at Cleve­land, will start Sun­day at Mi­ami.

In six mi­nor-league ap­pear­ances on his come­back trail, Bet­tis pitched 26M in­nings and gave up 10 earned runs, for a 3.37 ERA. Last sea­son, he pitched 186 in­nings and won 14 games, both club highs. He fin­ished with a 14-8 record and a 4.79 ERA. And, as the old­est pitcher on the team, Bet­tis, the Rock­ies hope, will help ground a rookie-heavy ro­ta­tion.

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