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Rockies | Rafael Betancourt may not return as closer

Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt (appendectomy) isn't certain to return to the closer's role, according to manager Walt Weiss, who said there's a chance that he eases his former closer back into the role. The manager said that a lot will depend on how Betancourt does in his rehab game on Thursday, Aug. 15, and how the pitcher feels. The plan is to activate Betancourt on Saturday, Aug. 17. Betancourt has regained the strength he lost because he dropped 8 pounds after his appendectomy.

Fantasy Tip: Renck also prints that Rex Brothers, the closer of the future, wasn't a candidate to remain at closer the first time Betancourt returned from the disabled list because the team was in contention at the time. Fantasy owners shouldn't be quick to drop Betancourt, but the reliever is also trade bait, and Colorado is clearly ready to move on if they find a taker.

2013-08-14 11:17:56 | Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck

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