The Colorado Rockies officially added an old friend to the roster this weekend. On Friday the team announced a minor league deal with veteran relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt.
— Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) April 25, 2014
Rehabbing from a Tommy John operation that many thought would end Betancourt’s career, the 38-year-old not only plans to pitch in the big leagues again: he would like to do so sometime this season. That might be a long shot, but if Betancourt does pull it off he might make the Rockies look wise for keeping the faith in him during his road back.
Betancourt has been with the team and worked out with them this spring. That made this signing a little bit unique.
Betancourt minor league deal was formality. His plan is to work out in extended spring with hope of pitching in bigs later this summer
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) April 25, 2014
This winter Betancourt had the following to say about his comeback:
If I pitch again, it will be with the Rockies. I can’t see myself anywhere else at this point in my career. I have really enjoyed five years there.”
Setting aside skepticism for a moment, Betancourt is an easy guy to cheer for. Here’s hoping he finds his way back and we get to see him pitch effective innings for the Rockies again.