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Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis will start on Monday

Rockies news and links for August 13, 2017

Chad Bettis' return to Rockies is a story of love, not a story of cancer | Denver Post
Chad Bettis is going to start for the Colorado Rockies in Denver tomorrow. When it was announced in March that Bettis's cancer had spread and that he'd need chemotherapy to combat it, it was hard to even think about if and when Bettis would return to the mound. For Bettis, the question was only "when this year."

In this excellent profile from Patrick Saunders, Bettis recounts all of the non-baseball related matters of his life that got him through chemotherapy and have set him up to take the ball on Monday.

Nolan Arenado ejected after throwing bat |
Nolan Arenado was ejected from Saturday's game in the seventh inning, and his absence could have cost the Rockies the game. He spoke with Patrick Pinak from after the game, and Arenado acknowledged that getting thrown out of close games doesn't do him or the team any good.

Working out of the bullpen is exactly what Tyler Chatwood needs | Mile High Sports
Aniello Piro notes that moving Chatwood to the bullpen could be a benefit to both Chatwood and the Rockies. Chatwood has looked good in relief, and he could be a huge value to the Rockies for the remainder of the season and into October. It's remarkable that he can just come in and dial his fastball up to 98 mph. With Bettis's return to the rotation, Chatwood doesn't really have a place, either.

And finally, Chatwood is entering free agency after this season. Having a track record that includes a starter's durability along with a relief profile could land him an important role in his new home, wherever that is.