Betancourt announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Friday, LiderEndeportes.com reports.
The 40-year-old played 12 seasons in the majors, splitting his career between the Indians (2003-09) and Rockies (2009-15) and posting a career 3.36 ERA across 685.2 cumulative innings. Betancourt appeared in 10 career postseason games, highlighted by five appearances in the 2007 ALCS, which Cleveland ultimately lost to Boston.
The Rockies have designated veteran reliever Rafael Betancourt for assignment, possibly ending the pitcher's career, per the Denver Post.
Betancourt was 2-4 with one save and a 6.18 ERA in 45 games for the Rockies this season. He told the paper that he was considering retirement after 12 MLB seasons with the Cleveland and Colorado.
The Rockies also recalled right-handed pitcher Jairo Diaz and selected the contract of right-hander Simon Castro.
The Rockies have made a change in the back-end of their bullpen. Manager Walt Weiss has removed John Axford from the closer's role, after he record his fifth blown save of the season, and fourth in a row on Thursday.
"I had a conversation with John a little earlier and I told him I was going to get him out of that ninth inning for a little bit and let him catch his breath," Weiss said Friday, per The Denver Post.
Axford, who once saved 46 games in a season, got off to a blazing start in 2015. He had converted each of his first 12 save opportunities and gave up just one earned run over his first 20 appearances.
But he has struggled lately, posting a whopping 12.15 ERA over his past nine outings.
"I'm not so bullheaded as to say that I want to pitch in the ninth inning and that's how it has to be," Axford said. "I have pitched in other innings and I've had success in other innings. A lot of my success has come in the ninth, but that's also where some of the pain comes.
"Stepping away definitely could be beneficial. It's worked before for me. It worked in 2012."
Weiss indicated he will likely go with a closer-by-committee approach, with the likes of Rafael Betancourt, Tommy Kahnle and Justin Miller as potential ninth-inning options.
"We have a few different options down there, so it will probably come down match-ups and who is available," Weiss said. "So there will be a few different guys throwing at the end."
The Rockies activated reliever Rafael Betancourt before Friday's game, per the Denver Post.
Betancourt has been on the disabled list with vertigo and just completed a minor league rehab assignment.
The team hasn't announced a corresponding move to make room for Betancourt, but it appears that the team will go with a nine-man bullpen for the near future.
Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt (vertigo) will likely be activated during a three-game series against the Giants, which starts Friday, manager Walt Weiss said Thursday.
Betancourt, who is on the 15-day disabled list, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday. He allowed two runs on two hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings. He struck out two.
Rockies relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt blew a save in his rehab assignment for Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday.
Betancourt allowed two earned runs in 1 1/3 innings, blowing a save opportunity in what ended as a 6-5 loss. He walked a batter and gave up a home run before being pulled from the game.
Betancourt has been on the disabled list since June 8 due to symptoms of vertigo and a sinus infection.
Rockies right-hander Rafael Betancourt is expected to make a Triple-A rehab outing with Albuquerque on Sunday, according to MLB.com.
Betancourt has been on the disabled list since June 8 due to symptoms of vertigo and a sinus infection. It is not clear how many rehab outings Betancourt will need before being able to return to the Rockies' bullpen.
Rockies starting pitcher Rafael Betancourt threw his second bullpen session Tuesday since going on the 15-day disabled list last week due to a sinus infection and vertigo symptoms, per MLB.com.
"Almost every year I deal with sinus stuff," Betancourt said. "But this time was very bad. Since late April, I was feeling kind of weird. Some [congestion] came out -- that was during the doubleheader we had with Arizona at home [May 6]. Then we went on the road and my body started feeling icky -- like, weak."
Betancourt said he is feeling better after getting some rest and having the sinus infection clear up. He has had no issues throwing his bullpen sessions, which have been around 44 pitches.
He will face hitters Friday at Coors Field and is eligible to come off the disabled list June 23, but there is no timetable for his return.
The Rockies placed pitcher Rafael Betancourt on the disabled list Monday with vertigo symptoms, reports MLB.com.
Betancourt has allowed seven runs in his last two outings. He will be replaced by pitcher David Hale, who is scheduled to start Monday's game against the Cardinals.
The Rockies are the underdogs (+135) Monday against the Cardinals.
Rockies setup man Rafael Betancourt has set up nothing but trouble recently. And Walt Weiss believes that is because he is fatigued.
The 40-year-old Betancourt blew a save Tuesday on an Alex Guerrero grand slam, then gave up three more runs on five hits in the ninth inning of a Saturday win. Included in that onslaught was another tater. He has given up eight runs on eight hits in his last 1 2/3 innings to send his ERA skyrocketing from 3.00 to 6.30.
"It's more his strength than anything else - he's been weak, he hasn't recovered from whatever he had a week ago," Weiss told MLB.com. "But his arm feels great."
Weiss was referring to a sinus infection plaguing Betancourt last week. But his temper has also plagued him. He grew visibly upset on the mound Saturday, then tossed his glove into the stands.
"We had a good conversation," Weiss said. "...We talk about body language a lot. That's how you speak on the field. We always have a heightened sense of awareness for what we say with how we act."
A three-run lead in the ninth inning was not enough for the Rockies after pitcher Rafael Betancourt allowed four runs during the final frame.
Betancourt surrendered a grand slam to pinch hitter Alex Guerrero with two outs in the ninth inning to send the Rockies to a 9-8 loss. It was his first blown save in two chances this season.
Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt was escorted off the mound in the eighth inning after calling for the trainer.
The team later announced that Betancourt was suffering from flu-like symptoms. After the game, it was revealed that the cause of the symptoms was a sinus infection, per the Denver Post. Betancourt is day-to-day
Rockies closer Adam Ottavino, who could be facing Tommy John surgery, is expected to receive "another opinion or two" on his injured right elbow, manager Walt Weiss told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday.
"Tough news for us and tough news for Adam, we still are getting another opinion or two, but doesn't look great," Weiss said.
Ottavino was placed on the 15-day DL last week with a right triceps injury. Weiss indicated that John Axford and Rafael Betancourt are two options for the Rockies in the ninth inning in Ottavino's absence.
"We have Axford and he's closed a lot of games in this league," Weiss said. "We still have Betancourt as well"
Rafael Betancourt has appeared in six games for the Rockies this season. In five of them, he pitched the eighth inning.
Betancourt appeared to be getting a chance to close, when he earned a save on April 13, but since then, he's appeared twice, both times in the eighth inning. More importantly, since then, Adam Ottavino has earned two saves.
Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt picked up the save during Monday's 2-0 win over the Giants.
Betancourt was given the opportunity for the save after manager Walt Weiss said LaTroy Hawkins would get a break from closing responsibilities. Betancourt pitched a perfect ninth inning Monday, striking out two batters to earn his first save of the season.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Monday that pitcher LaTroy Hawkins will get "a break" from closing duties, the Denver Post reports.
"We have decided to give 'Hawk a break in that role," manager Walt Weiss said before Monday's game. "We're just trying to give him a little bit of a breather for the time being."
Rafael Betancourt will be in line to get a save opportunity Monday if needed, but the team could also use Adam Ottavino, John Axford or Boone Logan in the role. Ottavino, who the manager cited specifically as one player who would be used in the role, is likely unavailable Monday after pitching Saturday and Sunday but has racked up seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and one walk.
Axford was signed this offseason as potential insurance in the ninth inning, but he's away from the team due to a family medical emergency. Logan has tossed three perfect innings in three appearaces.
The Rockies purchased the contract of pitcher Rafael Betancourt while also informing infielder Rafael Ynoa that he has made the team's Opening Day roster Wednesday, MLB.com reports.
Betancourt, who turns 40 in late April, didn't pitch last season while recovering from an elbow injury, but he was able to land a spot in the Rockies bullpen by giving up just one earned run in 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking one. He'll join closer LaTroy Hawkins, 42, in giving the Rockies' bullpen a pair of the league's eldest statesmen.
Ynoa earned his spot by hitting .309/.333/.364 in 55 spring at-bats.
Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt hasn't been in the position of wondering about his major-league fate for quite some time.
But coming off of Tommy John surgery in 2013, Betancourt is unsure if he'll be on the 25-man roster when camp breaks. He's posted a 1.17 ERA in eight appearances, which should help his chances. But the Rockies possess enough depth where he could wind up in the minors.
But Betancourt said he's approached every spring training with the mindset that he could be sent to the minors, even when his job security was great.
"I'm not lying, but every spring training — I've never said this, and maybe it's the right time to say it — but even when I had guaranteed contracts and all that, I felt I needed to do my job to be on the team," Betancourt said, via MLB.com.
Before his elbow injury, Betancourt had a 4.08 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched during the 2013 season.
Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt made his second appearance Wednesday since suffering a bruised jaw on a comebacker, allowing one hit and one walk in one scoreless inning while striking out two.
"Yeah, Rafi, Rafi is amazing," manager Walt Weiss said after the outing, per MLB.com. "He still has that pinpoint command. He can clip the corners with everything he throws. He's still very effective."
Betancourt is in camp as a nonroster invitee and looking to win a spot in the rotation, but Weiss wouldn't say whether the veteran has a leg up in the competition.
"He's still battling for a spot," Weiss said.
"I don't like to see it like that," Betancourt said. "Everyone here has a chance to make this team. But those kind of things are coming from the front office, the coaches, the manager. They're the ones who are going to make those decisions. For me, I just need to keep working hard. It's always been that way for me."
Betancourt has surrendered just one earned run in 5 2/3 spring innings while striking out eight and walking one.
Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt was diagnosed with a jaw contusion after being struck by a line drive Thursday, MLB.com reports.
Betancourt was able to walk off the field after being hit by the liner, and he is reported to not have concussion symptoms. He has surrendered one earned run in 3 2/3 innings this spring.