Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt has torn UCL in right elbow

Tuesday August 27th, 2013

Rafael Betancourt's career could be over. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) Rafael Betancourt's career could be over. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

An MRI confirmed a torn UCL in the right elbow of Colorado Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, an injury which could potentially end the 38-year-old's career, The Denver Post reports.

Given his age and the lengthy recovery time, Betancourt told the Post he will contemplate retirement:

At my age, trying to come back at nearly 40, I don't know if I can do that ... I have talked to my family, they know it's possible I might not pitch again.

Betancourt injured his elbow Wednesday. A Cleveland Indian for seven years, Betancourt was traded to the Rockies in 2009. He saved 31 games last season and has 16 this year with a career-high ERA of 4.08. Rex Brothers (1.46 ERA, 13 saves) will likely take over closing games for the Rockies, who are 12.5 games out of the Wild Card hunt.

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