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The Colorado Rockies have announced that when Rafael Betancourt returns from the disabled list he will resume his role as the team's closer. The right-hander is closing in on his activation, which he's hoping will happen on Friday, according to Jason Mastrodonato of MLB.com.
Betancourt has not appeared in a game for the Rockies since May 31 due to a strained right groin. He threw yesterday prior to Colorado's matchup against the Boston Red Sox, and manager Walt Weiss told reporters that Betancourt is making steady progress.
"Everything went well today and we'll see how he feels
tomorrow, make sure there are no issues tomorrow and we'll go from there,"
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Prior to hitting the DL, Betancourt was having a nice season as the Rockies' closer. He was nearly unhittable until May 25, when he surrendered two runs in only one-third of an inning, earning his first blown save of the season. In his last appearance for the Rockies he surrendered two runs on three hits over an inning of work, raising his ERA and WHIP to 3.20 and 1.22 on the season.
In Betancourt's absence, Rex Brothers has done a nice job filling in as closer, but Colorado will move him back into a setup role. This experience only enhances Brothers' value, and it's always good to know you have a capable fill-in on your roster for such a pivotal role.
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