Colorado Rockies injury news: Chad Bettis heads to injured list
By Kevin Henry
On Saturday, the Colorado Rockies bullpen received a shake-up with the news that one of their veteran relievers was heading to the injured list.
Prior to Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field, Colorado Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hip impingement. In a corresponding move, right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Bettis has struggled mightily in recent games, posting a 9.04 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in his last 15 outings. Used primarily as a reliever for the first time since the 2014 season, the 30-year-old Bettis allowed 21 hits (including four home runs) in 13.1 innings pitched in July.
"“Chad has had some hip discomfort for a couple of weeks. This hip impingement has caused him to finally get to the point where he couldn’t manage it,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “His competitiveness and desire to pitch and battle finally got to the point where the hip was too bothersome for him to continue. That’s why we put him on the IL.”"
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Black said he was unsure of the severity of the injury, meaning it wasn’t known if Bettis would return when the 10-day span was over or if more recovery time would be needed.
Gonzalez is coming off an August 10 start in San Diego where he allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings pitched. It’s part of an August where the 27-year-old has posted a 12.60 ERA in two starts and opponents are hitting .360 against him with a 2.40 WHIP.
This is the fourth time this season that Gonzalez has been recalled from Triple-A. Signed to a minor league contract on December 4 with a spring training invitation, Gonzalez has appeared in six games for the Rockies this season, including five starts.
Gonzalez could start the series opener in Arizona against the Diamondbacks on Monday. However, Black has yet to officially name a starter for that game.