Chad Bettis won a spot in the 2016 rotation thanks to a strong finish to the 2015 season, but he saw mixed results all year. He started off well enough, sporting a passable 4.18 ERA and solid 1.9 BB/9 through mid-May, but a string of four straight starts with four or more earned runs allowed followed shortly thereafter. He was unable to get his ERA below 5.00 until September. A 51.2 percent groundball rate led to improved numbers at home, but Bettis' ERA on the road leaped from 3.35 to 5.06, damaging his utility as a streaming option. While the 27-year-old took a step forward with his control and should be secure in the rotation, the middling strikeout rate and hitters' haven of a home park limit his fantasy appeal. Bettis underwent surgery for testicular cancer in the offseason and was declared cancer free in January.
Bettis (illness) was placed on the 60-day DL on Sunday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports. After being deemed fully healthy entering spring training, Bettis announced in March that his testicular cancer had resurfaced and that he would need to undergo chemotherapy to treat the disease. The 27-year-old faces an indefinite timetable to return to baseball, as he prioritizes his long-term health over his playing career. Bettis' placement on the 60-day DL will open up a 40-man roster spot for Mark Reynolds, who will likely serve in a platoon role at first base until Ian Desmond (hand) is able to return in late April.
Bettis says that his testicular cancer has unexpectedly spread and he will begin chemotherapy in the near future. It's heartbreaking news for Bettis, who underwent surgery this offseason and was presumed to be cancer-free heading into spring training. The 27-year-old says his blood tumor markers are at normal levels and that he remains committed to fighting the disease. Bettis will likely begin a chemotherapy cycle within the next week, an extensive process that will keep him out indefinitely.
Bettis, who has been declared cancer-free, threw a healthy bullpen session Wednesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. This also came with the news that he was given a healthy prognosis after blood tests and a tumor marker assured doctors that he remains free of cancer. After he was cleared, he slid back into a near-regular offseason throwing program and should be ready for the start of the season. He'll still require blood work every three-to-six months to assure that the cancer hasn't resurfaces, but he'll likely assume his role in the Rockies' rotation after leading the team with 14 wins last season.
Bettis (groin) said Wednesday that recent follow-up exams declared him cancer free, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports. Bettis underwent surgery in late November to address a cancerous testicle, and with doctors determining that the cancer didn't spread following the extraction, the right-hander will now be cleared to prepare for the 2017 season as he normally would. Though his training program was delayed by about a month following his diagnosis, Bettis should have plenty of time to work on regaining velocity and improving his conditioning until the onset of spring training. He'll still require blood work every three-to-six months to determine the cancer hasn't resurfaced, but it appears safe to pencil Bettis in for a rotation spot with the Rockies after he went 14-8 with a 4.79 ERA in 32 starts a season ago.
Bettus expects a full recovery after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer in late November, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. It's great news that Bettis is okay, and, per the statement released, he expects a full recovery with minimal chance that the cancer has spread. He should be good to go by spring training.
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