Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/23/13
At 11:20 p.m. in a nearly vacant visiting clubhouse manager Walt Weiss hugged Rafael Betancourt thanking him for his effort. Several teammates quietly patted him on the back. The gravity of the moment was powerful reflecting the concern about Betancourt’s right elbow injury. An initial evaluation by the Rockies trainer Keith Dugger suggested that there is a possible ulnar collateral ligament tear which would end the highly-respected veteran’s season and possibly his career. Betancourt 38 will undergo an MRI on Monday. “It’s not good. It’s very sore right now. I have gone through a lot of pain throughout my whole career but this is completely different” Betancourt told The Denver Post. “I could not throw another pitch.” Betancourt revealed that his elbow was bothering him slightly on Wednesday night. He tried to convince himself that it was just normal tightness given his recent long stretch of inactivity following his appendectomy. “Sometimes you have soreness after you pitch. Last night was different while I was pitching. It was weird. And it was a little sore after the game” Betancourt said. “Today I was sore but you know I was warming up and I thought I could get get through it.” Twenty-four hours after blowing his second save of the season Betancourt figured the adrenalin of the game would take over. That he could find a way to secure three outs. It wasn’t going to be easy. The elbow was getting worse as he pitched. He retired the first two hitters then allowed a double to Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. He reached two strikes on Michael Young who walked off Betancourt and the Rockies on Wednesday. “I figured I had one more pitch in me. Either get him out and game over or come out of the game” Betancourt said. “I thought I could do it. If I throw one more pitch after that it was going to be really bad.” Young hit a slow roller — “A swinging bunt” Weiss called it — that Nolan Arenado couldn’t barehand cleanly. Young reached safely and Betancourt exited without throwing another pitch. Dominic Brown singled off Jeff Francis to send the Phillies to their second-straight walkoff victory. Betancourt has not dealt with an elbow injury since he fractured it in 2001.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

The Warriors just trucked the Blazers with 8 threes, 45 points in the first quarter

Serena Williams fires back at Ilie Nastase’s racist comment about her child

Magic Johnson will represent the Lakers at NBA Draft Lottery

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes suspended, fined for throwing at Manny Machado

Jerry Jones happy Tony Romo isn’t playing for another NFL team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

George told teammates he has dreamed of playing for Lakers?

Westbrook takes shot at Rockets for laughing at Roberson

Report: Adrian Peterson, Saints 'closing in on a deal'

Richard Sherman shows up for voluntary workouts

Jabrill Peppers the latest star to test positive for diluted sample

NFL draft prospect loses father to accidental shooting

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

20 of the best NFL Draft red carpet looks

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB (and that's just the injuries)

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: David Fizdale and the Grizzlies won't go down quietly

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

The 'Even the Browns can't mess this one up' quiz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

The 'Even the Browns can't mess this one up' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker