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.
Another big free agent domino has fallen at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is signing with the Angels on seven-year, $245 million contract, per Jon Heyman.
Rendon, 29, was the top free agent position player. He’s coming off of a season in which he helped the Nationals win their first championship, batting .319/.412/.598 with a league-high 126 RBI and an NL-best 44 doubles along with 34 home runs and 117 runs scored in 646 plate appearances. Rendon also continued to play solid defense at third base. During the postseason, Rendon hit .328/.412/.590 with seven doubles, three homers, 15 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 75 trips to the plate.
The Angels badly needed to make a big free agent splash this offseason, and third base was as good a place as any to do it. Rendon will now slot easily into the middle of the Angels’ lineup along with Mike Trout. It remains to be seen if the Angels are done making moves, but they could use a corner outfielder and another starting pitcher.
Humorously, Rendon has said he’d like to retire by age 35, as Jesse Daugherty of the Washington Post alluded to on the Nationals Talk Podcast. This contract will take him through his age-36 season.