Bettis (illness) threw 62 pitches (38 strikes) in Sunday's rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque, completing 2.2 innings of three-run ball while allowing six hits, issuing two free passes and fanning four batters.
The stat lines during Bettis' rehab assignment haven't been great, but the pitch count is more important at this point, and the right-hander was able to increase his workload once again. The expectation is that Bettis will make another rehab start with the Isotopes on Friday and throw roughly 80 pitches. After that, the Rockies will consider adding him to the major-league rotation.
Bettis (illness) is scheduled to make his next rehab start at Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. He's expected to cover four innings and throw around 60 pitches.
It will be the third rehab start overall for Bettis, who pitched for Double-A Hartford on July 13 and 18. Bettis didn't toss more than two innings in either outing, and with the Rockies previously indicating that the right-hander would be deployed as a starter following his return from the 60-day disabled list, it stands to reason that he'll need to build up his pitch count with at least one more rehab start beyond Sunday before an activation would be considered. Bettis has been sidelined all season after he was diagnosed with a recurrence of testicular cancer during spring training.
Bettis threw two no-hit innings Thursday with three strikeouts, no walks and an unearned run on 31 pitches for Double-A Hartford, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.
The right-hander started his rehab assignment by making a strong claim to regaining a rotation spot upon his return to the big leagues. Bettis is working his way back from a recurrence of testicular cancer and will probably need a couple more rehab outings to build up his pitch count before he's summoned to the Rockies.
Bettis (illness) will start for Double-A Hartford on Thursday.
It's great news for the hurler, who's battled back from a return diagnosis of testicular cancer in March. Bettis probably will need a few outings to get his footing before he likely reclaims a spot in the Rockies' rotation. He's worth adding in NL-only leagues and perhaps some deep mixed games for starts away from Coors Field.
With the plethora of young starting pitchers at Colorado's disposal this season, there was some speculation that the 28-year-old would come back as a reliever, but manager Bud Black quickly quelled those thoughts. "He's a starting pitcher," Black stated Tuesday. "Things are lining up. We've seen Chad throw off the mound for some time, with increasing intensity." This is likely a boon to Bettis' value if he can maintain a spot in the Rockies' rotation, although this development does mean he'll likely require a longer rehab stint, which could push his return date into August. He's expected to begin a rehab assignment over the All-Star break, beginning with a 30-pitch outing and ramping up his pitch count in roughly four more outings (similar to a spring training regimen). No word has come as to how the pitching staff will be shuffled when he's back, although there's a good chunk of time before that bridge needs to be crossed. The long and short of it is that Bettis is coming back as a starter and will likely be given a fair shake to act as the veteran presence the Rockies have been lacking all season.
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