Betancourt feels odd being back in Cleveland

Betancourt feels odd being back in Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- Progressive Field was the main workplace for seven years for Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt.

But Betancourt, whom the Rockies obtained in a trade with the Indians in July 2009, found his first return trip in a visiting uniform an odd one.

That's partly because he never thought he'd have to do that. Betancourt was a flailing infielder with the Red Sox when that organization asked him to pitch. The Red Sox sold his rights to a Japanese team, but Betancourt didn't pitch in 2002 and hooked on with the Indians in a tryout camp in '03.

"You play here for seven years and you have a lot of good memories here," said Betancourt, who is 2-0 with a 3.45 ERA in 30 relief appearances this year. "My second chance to have my career was here. They gave me a chance to pitch in the big leagues.

"After I got that chance, I said to myself, 'I want to sit here the rest of my life until I'm done playing.' When they traded me, it was kind of a shock, but they traded me to a good organization in the Rockies."