Chad Bettis gets ovation in return to majors after cancer battle

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Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black announced Sunday that Chad Bettis will face off against the Atlanta Braves on Monday, kicking off a seven-game home stand. Bettis hasn't played since September 30, 2016 and has been battling against testicular cancer.

Bettis scattered six hits, walked none and struck out two.

It's even tougher to return to the mound and pitch in a major league game after that treatment.

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Bettis made five rehab starts prior to rejoining Colorado in the thick of a pennant race on Monday night.

Bettis also joins a Colorado Rockies team that is on a three-game losing streak and hopes to rebound as it enters a four-game series at home with the Braves.

Bettis discovered a lump on his testicle last fall and underwent surgery to remove one of his testicles. But a regular screening on March 10 led to a biopsy being done, which revealed the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. Bettis finished his treatments in May and was back pitching in the minor leagues by mid-July. Last season, Bettis was 14-8 with a 4.79 ERA (101 ERA+), 1.41 WHIP and 138 strikeouts in 186 innings. His best outing was a two-hit shutout against San Francisco on September 5, and he was expected to anchor a young rotation this season before being diagnosed with cancer.


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