Betancourt's dad tweets surgery pics of son

Betancourt's dad tweets surgery pics of son

Betancourt's dad tweets surgery pics of son

The father of Rockies veteran closer Rafael Betancourt, who suffered a season-ending right elbow injury, tweeted out pictures of his son's Tommy John ligament transfer surgery on Tuesday. Betancourt, 38, was 2-5 with a 4.08 ERA and 16 saves in 19 chances before the injury.

Noted surgeon James Andrews performed the surgery in the Orlando, Fla., area, where Betancourt lives in the offseason.

The Rockies and Betancourt have a $4.25 million club option on Betancourt's contract, but Betancourt is not expected to pitch next season. If either side doesn't pick up the option, Betancourt is due a $250,000 buyout.

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