Rafael Betancourt RP COL 3 months ago

Betancourt was released by the Rockies on Thursday.

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Rafael Betancourt RP COL 5 months ago

Betancourt struck out three batters in his 1.1 innings of relief duty during Thursday's victory over the Braves.

A two-hour, six-minute rain delay in the bottom of the first ended starter Kyle Kendrick's night earlier, forcing the bullpen to assume a heavy burden in the 5-3 win. Betancourt was quite integral to the success, working around two singles to keep the Braves off the board. The veteran reliever has given up two runs over 4.2 innings since returning from the disabled list in late June.

Rafael Betancourt RP COL 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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.