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Rockies starter Chad Bettis had surgery for testicular cancer

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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.

2017 Preview: The National League West

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League West.

The Giants had the best record in all of baseball at the All-Star Break and the Dodgers lost the best pitcher in the world in Clayton Kershaw for a big chunk of the season. Yet, somehow, L.A. won the NL West by four games. The biggest culprit was the Giants’ suspect bullpen, which they put some real money toward fixing this winter. Is it enough? Or is a a Dodgers team with a healthy Kershaw just too talented for San Francisco to handle?

Below them is an intriguing Rockies team, though probably not a truly good Rockies team. The Dbacks have a lot of assorted talent but are nonetheless in reshuffle mode following a miserable 2016 campaign. The Padres, meanwhile, are in full-fledged rebuilding mode, but do possess some of the best minor league talent in the game.

Here are our previews of the 2017 NL West:

Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres

2017 Preview: The American League West

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West

There’s not a lot of separation between the top three teams in this division. Indeed, it would not be a surprise for either the Astros, Rangers or Mariners to end the year on top. Part of that is because none of these contenders are perfect, with all three facing some big challenges in putting together a strong rotation.

Meanwhile, the best baseball player in the universe toils in Anaheim, where he’ll most likely have to content himself to playing spoiler. Up the coast in Oakland . . . um, green is pretty?

Our 2017 AL West Previews:

Houston Astros
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Oakland Athletics