Rafael Betancourt RP COL 1 week ago

Betancourt (illness) was activated from the 15-day DL on Friday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

Vertigo symptoms pushed Betancourt to the disabled list earlier this month, but he will be back in the bullpen Friday after missing just a little over the minimum 15 days required by his DL stint. Betancourt was seeing some high-leverage work before hitting the shelf (six holds, one save), but the Rockies may opt to deploy him in the middle innings initially upon his return.

Rafael Betancourt RP COL 1 week ago

Betancourt (illness) is expected to be ready for Friday's game against the Giants, the Denver Post reports.

Betancourt hasn't appeared in a rehab game since Sunday, but he has apparently made a full recovery. Despite owning a 20:3 K:BB ratio through 20 innings, he has an unsightly 6.30 ERA, as he allowed seven runs over his final two appearances before landing on the disabled list. He only has six holds and one save in 23 games.

Rafael Betancourt RP COL 2 weeks ago

Betancourt (illness) could be activated from the DL after he completes a side session Wednesday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

Betancourt previously made a rehab appearance at Triple-A Albuquerque over the weekend, giving up two runs over 1.1 innings. Since he's only been on the disabled list since June 8 after battling vertigo symptoms, Betancourt can likely manage just fine without further rehab outings in the minors.

Rafael Betancourt RP COL 2 weeks ago

Betancourt (illness) will pitch in a rehab game Sunday with Triple-A Albuquerque, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.

Betancourt dealt with vertigo symptoms for much of the last two weeks, but he has recovered to the point where he can resume pitching. It remains to be seen how many rehab games he will need before returning to the Rockies.

Rafael Betancourt RP COL 3 weeks ago

Betancourt (vertigo symptoms) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Betancourt, who was placed on the DL on June 8, seems to be making progress in his recovery from the condition, but is still facing an indefinite timetable for his return. He was enjoying a productive season before getting clobbered in his final few appearances prior to landing on the DL, which has inflated his ERA to 6.30 despite his tidy 20:3 K:BB ratio.

Rafael Betancourt RP COL 4 weeks ago

Betancourt was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to vertigo symptoms, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

It was initially undisclosed as to what exactly landed Betancourt on the disabled list. Betancourt stated in a Denver Post report that "[he] has been feeling sick and weak while I've had this sinus problem," and added that he hasn't been feeling well for three weeks. He claims that his arm is not the issue, so Betancourt should be able to return to the club once his illness clears up.

Rafael Betancourt RP COL 4 weeks ago

Betancourt was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, Partick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

It's unclear what ailment will send Betancourt to the DL, but he was rocked in his last outing Saturday, allowing three runs on five hits. The outing hinted that something was up, and now he will rest for a while, and the Rockies will use his roster spot for Monday's starter, David Hale.

Rafael Betancourt RP COL 1 month ago

Betancourt was blitzed for three runs on five hits while working the ninth inning of Saturday's 10-5 win over the Marlins.

Though the blowup wasn't a big deal with the Rockies entering the last inning with an eight-run lead, Betancourt's disastrous back-to-back performances could make manager Walt Weiss reluctant to use the reliever in high-leverage situations for at least a little while. Betancourt has given up seven runs over his last 1.2 innings, inflating his season ERA from 3.44 to 6.30.

Rafael Betancourt RP COL 1 month ago

Betancourt took the loss and was charged with a blown save in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Dodgers after serving up a go-ahead grand slam to Alex Guerrero in the top of the ninth inning.

Betancourt had been unavailable the previous two days after battling a sinus infection, but the Rockies felt comfortable enough with his condition to use him in both games of the doubleheader. He was only needed to record one out in the eighth inning of the early game, but with John Axford needing 22 pitches for the ninth-inning save, Betancourt took over closer duties for Game 2. Staked to an 8-5 lead, Betancourt quickly loaded the bases on a trio of singles, and after fighting back to notch two outs while stranding the baserunners, he watched as Alex Guerrero barely deposited a fastball over the center field wall to give the Dodgers the lead. It's surely a tough loss for Betancourt, but he's still locked in as one of manager Walt Weiss' most trusted late-inning relievers.

Rafael Betancourt RP COL 1 month ago

Betancourt battled flu-like symptoms during his appearance in Saturday's win over the Phillies, the Associated Press reports. He gave up a solo homer and walked a batter before manager Walt Weiss pulled him from the game.

The Rockies will likely try to stay away from Betancourt on Sunday in order to afford him more recovery time, but the illness doesn't look like something that will keep him unavailable for long. The 40-year-old has been one for the Rockies' most effective relievers this season, posting a 3.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 19:3 K:BB ratio over 18 innings.