Colorado Rockies stater Chad Bettis told ESPN that he recently underwent surgery for testicular cancer.
According to the statement, passed along by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Bettis was diagnosed after his doctor noticed an abnormality during a recent appointment. He had surgery to have one of his testicles removed on November 29. Thankfully, the cancer was isolated and did not spread. Bettis said in his statement, “[m]y understanding is that I will be physically ready to have a normal spring training, and I greatly look forward to the upcoming season.”
Bettis has started 52 games for the Rockies over the past two seasons and worked out of the pen for them for two years before that. He’ll turn 28 early in the 2017 season and will be near the top of Colorado’s roation.
Testicular cancer is a highly treatable and usually curable type of cancer, but since it so frequently affects young, otherwise healthy men who do not visit doctors that often, it can often go undetected. Dudes: do self-exams and get regular checkups. And read up on it here.
The Cubs announced on Wednesday that pitcher Brett Anderson was activated from the 60-day disabled list and subsequently designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
Anderson, 29, had been out since May 7 with a lower back strain. Across six starts prior to the injury, the lefty yielded 20 earned runs on 34 hits and 12 walks with 16 strikeouts in 22 innings. He has logged just 33 1/3 innings over the last two seasons and has crossed the 50-inning threshold just since dating back to 2011.
Despite his lengthy injury history, Anderson will likely still draw some interest once he becomes a free agent as he throws with his left hand and can be had for the major league minimum salary.
Reds infielder Dilson Herrera will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder. His season is over.
Herrera, you may recall, was acquired from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade last year. He played in 49 games for the Mets, but spent all of last year and this year in the minors. In parts of seven minor league seasons he’s hit .295/.357/.461 with 67 homers and 87 stolen bases in 631 games.
Herrera, one time a top-5 prospect of the Mets, was expected to play in the bigs this year, but hasn’t. He was expected to challenge for the starting second base job for the Reds next year, but that’s obviously in doubt now. The worst part: he’ll be out of minor league options next year, so the Reds will be pressured to either put him on the big league roster fresh off an injury or else risk losing him via waivers, which I suspect he’d be unlikely to clear.