The Rockies optioned three players and reassigned nine other to their minor league camp on Sunday. Optioned to the minors were RHP Chad Bettis, who is converting from relief to a starting pitcher. He didn't allow a run in five spring innings. "He's in a good place," manager Walt Weiss said, per the Denver Post. "There's some clarity in his role and what he needs to do. It was a positive camp for him." First baseman Ben Paulsen, who had a .108 spring average. "He hasn't had a great spring," Weiss said. "But that doesn't diminish what I think of the guy." LHP Chris Rusin, who had a 6.43 spring ERA. Reassigned to minor league camp were: LHP Kraig Sitton, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP John Lannan, RHP Jair Jurrjens, RHP Brett Marshall, catcher Audry Perez, infielders Trevor Story and Omar Quintanilla, and outfielder Roger Bernadina.
Rockies infielder Omar Quintanilla has been out since March 7, with tightness in his right forearm. Quintanilla has made progress, however, and has started throwing again, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding.
The Rockies signed former closer Rafael Betancourt and infielder Omar Quintanilla to minor-league contracts Friday, per MLB.com. Quintanilla spent the last two seasons with the Mets, while Betancourt did not pitch in the majors in 2014 as he was working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He did pitch in the minors, going 2-0 with a 4.66 ERA. "I have another chance," Betancourt said by phone from his offseason home in Orlando, Fla. "Compared to how it was last year or even when I was pitching in games, I feel a lot more normal now. "When I threw for the Rockies last week, I threw all my pitches -- fastball, changeup and breaking ball. Last year, I didn't throw any breaking balls, because my arm felt weird. It's 16 months after surgery and everything is going well. I'm also happy the Rockies stuck with me; they have a new GM [Jeff Bridich] but still were there for me, and I appreciate that."
The Mets have outrighted infielder Omar Quintanilla to Triple-A Saturday. Quintanilla was designated for assignment, but passed through waivers unclaimed. He hit .207 in 29 at-bats in the majors.
The Mets will designate infielder Omar Quintanilla for assignment Thursday, the team announced Wednesday. A corresponding roster move will be announced Thursday.
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