Rafael Betancourt RUMORS & NEWS

  • Rafael Betancourt, underrated Rockies and Indians reliever, retires

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran reliever Rafael Betancourt has officially retired, Venezuelan blogger Gerardo Boscan tweets. With his MLB career behind him, Betancourt will consider the possibility of becoming a coach. At last check, Betancourt had been open to pitching in 2016, but only if he received a guaranteed..." February 26

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    Thomas Harding @harding_at_mlb

    #Rockies manager Walt Weiss says vet RHP Rafael Betancourt has been designated for assignment. Weiss says maybe he could be picked up...

  • Rafael Betancourt moved to Rockies' disabled list

    Denver Post "Weakened by a three-week battle with a sinus infection, and frustrated by his recent poor outings, Rockies veteran right-handed reliever Rafael Betancourt knew it was time for a break. So he sat down with manager Walt Weiss and they decided that Betancourt should go on the disabled list,..." June 09

  • Rockies take LaTroy Hawkins out of closer role for foreseeable

    Denver Post "LaTroy Hawkins, who has struggled as the Rockies closer to open the season, will not be closing here Monday or for the foreseeable future. "We have decided to give 'Hawk a break in that role," manager Walt Weiss said before the start of the Rockies-Giants afternoon game. "We're just trying to..." April 14

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    Rockies PR @RockiesPR

    #Rockies have agreed to terms with RHP Rafael Betancourt on a minor league deal. Betancourt will report to @SaltRiverFields

  • Rafael Betancourt to work out with Rockies in hopes of pitching

    Denver Post "Rafael Betancourt won't concede to age or surgery. The Rockies' former closer continues on the comeback trail. He will arrive at spring training Sunday for a 10-day stint with the team, throwing for the training staff in his recovery from elbow ligament surgery. "I want to pitch this season. My..." March 05

  • "Good chance" Rafael Betancourt re-signs with Rockies

    MLB Daily Dish "There is a "good chance" that free agent reliever Rafael Betancourt re-signs with the Colorado Rockies, according to an industry source close to the situation. The source notes that Betancourt would prefer to go back to Colorado because of his "great" relationship with the team, but the sides..." January 19

  • Report: Betancourt to have Tommy John surgery

    MLB.com "After tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt will undergo Tommy John surgery according to the Venezuelan newspaper Mi Diairo. The team has not yet confirmed the news. Betancourt 38 said after a Tuesday night loss he did not plan to pursue..." August 30

  • Rafael Betancourt has complete tear of ligament, career likely over

    Denver Post "Rafael Betancourt has been bracing for bad news since he walked off the mound Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. Monday’s MRI confirmed the worst a complete tear of his ulnar ligament. He will try platelet rich plasma treatment to see if it helps form scar tissue in the area. It’s rare where surgery..." August 27

  • Rockies place closer Rafael Betancourt on the DL again

    Hardball Talk "After blowing two consecutive saves in Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday the Rockies have placed closer Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow reports MLB.com’s Michael Radano. He will undergo an MRI on Monday which the club hopes assuages their fear he has..." August 24

  • Rafael Betancourt suffers potentially serious elbow injury

    Denver Post "At 11:20 p.m. in a nearly vacant visiting clubhouse manager Walt Weiss hugged Rafael Betancourt thanking him for his effort. Several teammates quietly patted him on the back. The gravity of the moment was powerful reflecting the concern about Betancourt’s right elbow injury. An initial..." August 23

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    Troy Renck @TroyRenck

    Talked to Betancourt. He said he will tell Weiss he's ready to close. I would expect he takes over role switching Brothers to setup role

  • Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt might return Friday in Baltimore

    Denver Post "Rafael Betancourt's son knew when his dad was ill in July. He advised the trainers to examine him which led to an emergency appendectomy. Asked how his father looked Monday Rafael Jr. smiled. Betancourt who worked a 30-pitch simulated game will throw for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday then..." August 13

  • Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt will return Friday

    Denver Post "Rafael Betancourt will rejoin the Rockies on Friday, he said, after pitching a successful live batting practice session Tuesday at Fenway Park. "I'm ready to go. I feel so much better than I did before I went on the DL," Betancourt said. "Before, when I came to the park, I was thinking about it..." June 26

  • Betancourt not exactly sharp with command

    Denver Post "The loss hurt. The more salient question after the Giants' breathtaking walk-off, inside-the-park home run was whether Rafael Betancourt is hurt. Pitching for the first time since he limped off the mound Tuesday, he wasn't sharp. The right-hander was inactive because of a strained right groin...." May 26

  • Rockies' Rafael Betancourt should return to closer's role soon

    Denver Post "Rafael Betancourt walked down the clubhouse hallway without a limp, the most obvious sign that he wasn't going on the disabled list. His right groin required only an anti-inflammatory injection, and after two days of rest he should return to his closer role for Colorado at San Francisco. For..." May 23

  • Rafael Betancourt faces possible DL stint after injuring right groin

    Denver Post "Rafael Betancourt doesn’t believe his right groin injury is serious. There’s no pain, just weakness. But the reality is that it has been bothering him for a month, so a stint on the disabled list remains a distinct possibility. He will undergo an MRI on Wednesday. He talked with assistant general..." May 22

  • Rafael Betancourt quick to buy what Rockies' Walt Weiss is selling

    Denver Post "New managers need followers. New Rockies manager Walt Weiss isn't going to be successful or even have a chance without players buying his message. His blunt honesty has resonated in the clubhouse. As much as players say otherwise, the reality is they like clarity and honesty. Weiss has laid..." March 03

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