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Rockies want Chad Bettis to return to their rotation this year

Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Wednesday, July 5

Rockies' Chad Bettis throws batting practice |

Chad Bettis threw to his first live hitters since spring training yesterday. He threw 25 pitches to Pat Valaika and Mike Tauchman. As far as a time frame going for, it appears that he will throw at least one more bullpen session before starting rehab and he'll probably need close to month of rehab appearance to build up his pitch count.

Chad Bettis nears rehab assignment. And Rockies want him in the starting rotation. | Denver Post

The title says it all. There has been some debate among fans about whether or not Bettis would come back as a starter or a reliever this season. The current plan is for him to be returning to the rotation.

MLB Home Run Derby: Predicting the 2017 bracket in Miami | RoxPile

The RoxPile takes a shot at predicting the seeding for the 2017 home run derby. There is quite the lineup of sluggers participating and the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon will definitely be an underdog. If you haven't noticed already, take a look at the pure size of most of the guys competing. There are going to be some big men taking big swings.

Why the Colorado Rockies should start Raimel Tapia in left field | isportsweb

With his primary competition injured, Tapia has been getting playing time in right and left field almost by default. Despite his rookie status and Ian Desmond and Gerardo Parra's veteran status, that should continue when they return to the team. Tapia still has some learning and development to do but his current performance is still outpacing everyone else in the outfield not named Charlie Blackmon