As the Colorado Rockies prepared for yet another routine day of spring training on Monday, pitcher Chad Bettis began Day 1 of chemotherapy for testicular cancer.

Bettis, who thought he’d beat cancer after off-season surgery, announced earlier this month that it had unexpectedly spread. He will likely need multiple rounds of chemotherapy.

Rockies manager Bud Black said Bettis has been a "pillar of strength" and fully intends him to return to the mound sometime this summer.

"He has handled this so gracefully and courageously," said Black. "He's kept such a positive frame of mind around the clubhouse. It's been great. You can see why so many players gravitate toward him and the role that he has taken on with this team in a leadership position. His work with guys in the clubhouse he's shown and even through this, he's been a pillar of strength, which in getting to know him is not surprising.

"Today's the first day, and all through this his intent is to pitch for the Rockies sometime this summer."

Bettis has been present at camp on a daily basis until Monday. On Sunday, he watched a minor league game at the Salt Rivers Field complex.