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Cancer survivor Chad Bettis to begin a minor league rehab assignment

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The Denver Post reports that Chad Bettis is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment during the All-Star break.

Bettis, you may recall, underwent surgery last November for testicular cancer. He missed the start of the season after the cancer spread. He underwent chemotherapy but he has ramped up his throwing program and completed a bullpen session on Saturday. He’ll throw batting practice when the Rockies return home this week. Assuming all goes well, he’ll be cleared to return to game action.

Bettis has posted a 4.57 ERA (105 ERA+) in 52 starts between 2014-2015. His return would be a boost to the Rockies’ rotation in and of itself, but his return from cancer treatment would be far more inspirational than that.