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Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis is nearing his return to the Rockies

Chad Bettis is nearing his return to the Rockies after a solid rehab start with Double-A New Britain.

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Bettis solid in first rehab start in Double-A – MLB.com

Chad Bettis, who has been sidelined since July 19th with elbow inflammation, threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings for Double-A New Britain on Saturday night. Bettis allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out four. The Rockies will likely see Bettis back within the upcoming weeks.

Jon Gray impressive again, but Rockies lose as Padres rally in ninth – The Denver Post

The only part of that headline that matters is the first four words. Jon Gray continued to look good in his time with the Rockies, throwing five solid innings while allowing just one run. He didn't walk a single batter and struck out five while allowing just two hits. The Rockies continue to hold Gray to a strict pitch count, which can be frustrating, but will likely benefit the team in the long run. Regardless, Gray was surprised to be pulled. "I was sure I would pitch one more inning, so I was ready to go," Gray told Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. "I understand, so I wouldn't say I am complaining or anything, but the competitive side of me wants to go out there and finish." These are encouraging words to here from a pitcher who looks like he belongs in the major leagues.

Rockies' Tyler Chatwood pitches simulated game in comeback progression – The Denver Post

Tyler Chatwood continued to make progress in his return from Tommy John surgery on Saturday when he threw a simulated game. He threw 15 pitches, including breaking balls. It would be nice to see Chatwood back this year, but there's obviously no reason for the Rockies to push him, as this is Chatwood's second Tommy John surgery. Also noted in this article is Corey Dickerson, who is still working his way back from fractured ribs. He has yet to swing a bat, but hopes to return this season.

Charlie Blackmon races to 30-steal year for Rockies – The Denver Post

Charlie Blackmon has upped his running game in 2015, stealing 31 bases in 113 games. In 2014, he stole 28 in 154 games. Blackmon is the first Rockie with 30 stolen bases since Willy Taveras in 2008, who stole a franchise-record 68 bases.

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Rockies Bloggers Panel 8/1/15 Recording – Rockies Zingers

Richard Bergstrom from Rockies Zingers put together the monthly Rockies blogger panel on August 1st, and was able to live stream to all of those who couldn't make it out. These panels are always a lot of fun, and I encourage you to attend them if possible. The next one is planned for early September. Reach out to Richard if you have any questions.