Blister Gets Best of Bettis; Right-hander Goes on Disabled List
For eight weeks, Chad Bettis downplayed the problems with what was termed a "hot spot" on the middle finger of his right hand.
Bettis finally had to admit he wasn't getting any better. After coming out of a start against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Sunday after three innings, Bettis was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday. That opened a roster spot for the recall of Antonio Senzatela to start Tuesday night in the rotation spot that had belonged to Jon Gray.
Manager Bud Black said Bettis' situation wasn't getting any better, so the decision was made to "put him on the disabled list and see where we are (in 10 days).
"This thing has bothered him off and on for a month and a half. In Chad's case it is frustrating. He has never had an issue like this in his career. He doesn't know how to handle it because it is new."
The Rockies are off Thursday and Monday. Black said the team would keep the four current starters -- Senzatela, Tyler Anderson, German Marquez and Kyle Freeland -- on their normal four days of rest instead of giving them an extra day between starts. As a result, the Rockies won't need someone to step in for Bettis until the Saturday before the All-Star Break, July 14 against Seattle at Coors Field.
Black said there are a variety of options for that game. Bettis would be eligible to be activated by then, although it's likely the Rockies would wait until after the All-Star Break to give him an extra week.
Black said the Rockies could turn to their bullpen to start that one game, depending on how much relievers are used leading up to that night, or they could bring up a pitcher from Triple-A Albuquerque, where the rotation now includes Jeff Hoffman and Jon Gray, who was sent down on Sunday.
Bettis Before the Blister
|Totals ERA 2.05 BA: .206||4||1||44||32||10||10||4||14||27|
Bettis Since Blister
|Totals ERA 7.71 BA .306||1||0||51.1||63||44||44||11||24||3||3||42|