Chad Bettis broke the news today
Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeff Battis announced today that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer months back and had surgery in November to remove one of his testicles.
The pitcher expects to make a full recovery by the time spring training rolls around.
The 27-year-old Bettis had a strong season for Colorado in 2016, finishing with a 14-8 record, a 4.79 ERA and a 1.414 WHIP in 32 starts for the team.
He posted career bests in games played, wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, and walks per 9 innings.
Bettis was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft by the Rockies and broke into the major leagues in 2013.
Here’s his announcement:
“During an appointment in November, my doctor noticed an abnormality and ordered further tests and advanced blood work,” Bettis said in a statement released through his agent, Matt Sosnick. “The following Monday, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer, and had one of my testicles removed the next day, on Tuesday, November 29.
“I was completely caught off guard by my diagnosis, but have subsequently found that the vast majority of cases occur in men 20 to 40 years of age, and that the survival rate is 99 percent when contained and caught early. This only reinforces my belief that each of us needs to be totally in tune with our own physical health, and that taking action sooner than later when we feel like something is off can sometimes literally be the difference between life and death.
“The surgeon is very confident that the cancer was isolated and has not spread, and that my ability to have children should not be affected. The Rockies and the MLBPA have been great, and I truly appreciate the care and support shown by [general manager] Jeff Bridich to both me and my family.
“My understanding is that I will be physically ready to have a normal spring training, and I greatly look forward to the upcoming season. I thank my friends and family for their love and kindness and ask that privacy be shown to both my wife and myself until spring training begins.