Found July 21, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
After feeling sick and having lower right abdominal soreness, Colorado Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt underwent an emergency appendectomy. As reported by Thomas Harding of, "Betancourt was sick Thursday night, but figured he could tough it out and show up for Friday's game against the Cubs. Fortunately for him, his 10-year-old son told on him to the Rockies' medical staff. Not long thereafter, Betancourt underwent an appendectomy, apparently just in time, and the Rockies placed him on the 15-day disabled list." The recovery time for an appendectomy could enable Betancourt to be ready to pitch again in two to three weeks.  Mitchell Boggs was called up from Double-A Tulsa to replace Betancourt on the roster.  Matt Belisle will take over as the setup man and Rex Brothers moves into the closer role. Betancourt, in his second year as the Rockies' closer, was 1-4 with a 2.81 earned run average in 60 games.  This season, Betancourt is 2-3 with a 3.16 earned run average. He has 15 saves, and 24 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings pitched.

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