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Rockies’ Chad Bettis Named 2017 Tony Conigliaro Award Winner

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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Bettis has been named the winner of the 2017 Tony Conigliaro Award after his battle with cancer, several outlets reported Wednesday night.

The prestigious honor will be presented to Bettis at the 79th annual Boston Baseball Writers’ dinner on January 18.

Bettis, 28, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in December. He completed chemotherapy treatment in May before making his season debut on August 14, as he pitched seven shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves to earn the win; Bettis went 2-4 with a 5.05 ERA in nine starts.

The right-hander had been coming off a breakout 2016 campaign that saw him go 14-8 with a 4.79 ERA in 32 games/starts.

Overall in five seasons with the Rockies, Bettis is 25-23 with a 5.01 ERA in 98 games (69 starts).

The Tony Conigliaro Award has been given each year since 1990 (when Conigliaro passed away) to the player “who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony C.”

Conigliaro is highly known for taking a pitch to the face in 1967 for the Boston Red Sox as a promising 22-year-old. His career was never the same after that, as he missed three consecutive years from 1972-74 after hitting .222 in 266 at-bats for the California Angels in 1971. The right-fielder briefly returned to the Red Sox in 1975 making 57 at-bats. Due to permanently damaged eyesight, he retired after the season at the age of 30.

Bettis becomes the second Rockie to win the award, joining Aaron Cook in 2005, who overcame blood clot in his lungs.

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Rockies Place Tyler Anderson On IL

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The Colorado Rockies have placed left-hander Tyler Anderson on the 10-day injured list due to left knee inflammation, according to an official team announcement.

Anderson, 29, has struggled to start the season, giving up 11 runs over his first 2 starts of the 2019 campaign.

In a corresponding move, the Rockies have recalled right-hander Yency Almonte from Triple-A.

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Rockies Sign Jorge De La Rosa

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The Colorado Rockies have signed left hander Jorge De La Rosa who was brought back to the organization via a minors deal.

De La Rosa, 38, spent 9 years with the Rockies, pitching to the tune of a 4.35 ERA during that span, and spent the last two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs.

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Rockies Call Up Pat Valaika

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The Colorado Rockies have called up infielder Pat Valaika to fill the roster spot of the injured Daniel Murphy, according to The Athletic’s Nick Groke.

Valaika is coming off a red hot Spring Training in which he clubbed 4 homers in 49 at bats.

At this time is appears as though Valaika will serve in a bench role, as Ryan McMahon will take Murphy’s starting job during his absence.

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