Jeff Sullivan writes at FanGraphs that the Rockies could have a dominant bullpen in 2017, looking specifically at the possibility of bounce backs from the trio of Adam Ottavino, Greg Holland and Jake McGee, who each missed all or part of 2016 with injuries.
Rockies starter Chad Bettis began a course of chemotherapy yesterday after finding out that his testicular cancer had spread. The Rockies have no timetable for Bettis’ return, but manager Bud Black told Owen Perkins that Bettis is hoping to be back on the mound this summer.
In other health news, the Rockies announced Monday that outfielder David Dahl was still not healed from the stress reaction in his rib that has sidelined him for much of spring training. Dahl is still at least 10 days from returning to baseball activity and will likely miss most if not all of April at this point.
The Rockies do have outfielder Carlos Gonzalez back in the fold after his time with Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic. Gonzalez was 8-for-26 in seven games with Venezuela with a pair of doubles.
Rockies starter Tyler Anderson turned in a solid, if unspectacular, performance in Monday’s 9-6 Cactus League loss to the Chicago Cubs. The southpaw pitched five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The Rockies offense got a boost from outfielder Raimel Tapia, who had a pair of hits, scored a run and stole a base in the loss.