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Chad Bettis says he’s now cancer-free

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Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis underwent surgery for testicular cancer last month. He received some good news from his doctor, who said he is now cancer-free. Via MLB Network Radio:

That’s wonderful news and we’re very happy for him.

Bettis, 27, will be entering his fifth season with the Rockies. Across 370 1/3 innings spanning 60 starts and 29 relief appearances, the right-hander has a career 5.01 ERA with a 279/131 K/BB ratio.

To quote Craig in his article about Bettis last month, “Do self-exams and get regular checkups. And read up on it here.”

Red Sox hire Jerry Narron as bench coach

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The Red Sox announced that Jerry Narron will be the team’s bench coach this year.

Narron will join interim manager Ron Roenicke in the dugout to lead Boston’s coaching staff. The two previously worked together in the same roles from 2011 to 2015, during Roenicke’s tenure as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. Narron most recently spent the last three years as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks. He also has managerial experience with both the Rangers (2001-2002) and Reds (2005-2007).

The Mets reportedly considered hiring Narron this winter as a possible bench coach for then-manager Carlos Beltran, before ultimately going with Hensley Meulens.

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