Rafael Betancourt injury: Rockies place closer on DL, promote Mitchell Boggs from Double-A

Dustin Bradford

Rafael Betancourt came down with appendicitis on Friday and will serve yet another stint on the DL following surgery.

The Colorado Rockies placed relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday after he underwent a successful appendectomy, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. The team promoted reliever Mitchell Boggs from Double-A Tulsa in a corresponding move.

Betancourt reportedly showed up to the ballpark on Friday, fell ill and immediately went to the hospital, Rockies players told Renck. Betancourt's case of appendicitis results his second DL stint this season. He previously was out of action for almost a month with a groin injury.

The 38-year-old right-hander has a 3.16 ERA/144 ERA+ with 15 saves in 28 appearances this season. After walking less than two batters per nine innings during his three-plus seasons with the Rockies, Betancourt's walk rate has skyrocketed to 3.5 per nine in 2013.

Rex Brothers will likely assume Betancourt's duties as closer, as he did earlier this season. Brothers converted all three of his save attempts during Betancourt's absence in June.

Boggs, 29, posted an 11.05 ERA in 14 2/3 major league innings with the Cardinals this season. Since being acquired by the Rockies, Boggs has tossed six innings for Double-A Tulsa, allowing a run on two hits while striking out three batters and walking none.

Stay tuned to Purple Row for more on this story and others, as Jeff Aberle will be covering the game in-person.

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