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.
The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?
Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.