Rockies activate Bettis, who will face fellow cancer survivor Taillon
The Colorado Rockies activated right-hander Chad Bettis to start Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"We kind of went through the same thing," Bettis told mlb.com. "It will be fun. Not a lot of times throughout the game that it would happen."
Bettis underwent testicular cancer surgery in November 2016 and returned to the Rockies last August. Taillon had surgery last May and returned to the Pirates six weeks later.
The 26-year-old Taillon is 8-8 with a 3.74 ERA and has allowed three runs or fewer in 19 of his 22 starts this season. The 29-year-old Bettis 5-1 with a 5.10 ERA in 17 starts and is taking the mound for the Rockies for the first time since July 1 when he developed a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
The Rockies optioned catcher Tom Murphy to Triple-A Albuquerque to clear a roster spot for Bettis. Murphy was batting .227 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 31 games for Colorado.
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