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Rafael Betancourt to have surgery

Updated: August 30, 2013, 9:12 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Colorado Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt has decided to have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his pitching elbow.

"He wants to try to pitch again. So if he wants to do that, I think it's the best course of action," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said before Friday night's game against Cincinnati.

The 38-year-old Betancourt was injured a week ago while attempting to close out a game against Philadelphia. An MRI confirmed he had torn his ulnar collateral ligament, ...

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