Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
Bettis had to have a testicle removed, but the surgeon doesn't believe the cancer spread beyond that, the pitcher said in a statement released to ESPN via his agent. Bettis expects to be ready to report to spring training with the Rockies in February. More from Bettis, via Crasnick:
“I was completely caught off guard by my diagnosis, but have subsequently found that the vast majority of cases occur in men 20 to 40 years of age, and that the survival rate is 99 percent when contained and caught early. This only reinforces my belief that each of us needs to be totally in tune with our own physical health, and that taking action sooner than later when we feel like something is off can sometimes literally be the difference between life and death.”
Bettis has asked that the privacy of his family be respected while he prepares for the upcoming season.
The 27-year-old right-hander is coming off an up-and-down 2016, during which he posted a 4.79 ERA (102 ERA+) with 6.7 K/9 and a career-low 2.9 BB/9. Bettis in 2017 is expected to slot in near the back of the Rockies’ rotation in what will be his third season as a full-time starter in the majors.
On behalf of the entire Purple Row staff, our thoughts are with Bettis and his family, and we wish him continued health and a cancer-free life.