MIAMI -- Rafael Betancourt, the Rockies' closer last season until he suffered a right elbow injury in August that required Tommy John surgery, threw long-toss at Marlins Park on Monday. It was the first time he threw from as far as 150 feet. Although he is a free agent, Betancourt spent time at Rockies Spring Training and has said he wants to make the comeback with Colorado.
His plan is to go to extended spring training at the end of this month and play until June, when he would join Rookie-level Class A Grand Junction with the intention of being ready to pitch for the Rockies by season's end.
"It's weird being here on Opening Day, because I'd normally be playing," said Betancourt, who lives in Orlando, Fla. "But I still feel part of the team, and the guys make me feel part of everything. So I'm happy to be here. It's fine."