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Rotowire: Mar 31 / 9:57a ET
News: With Eddie Butler (shoulder) out of the mix, Bettis could open the season in the major-league starting rotation, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Bettis was called back up to big-league camp Tuesday, with Butler being shut down for at least the next couple of weeks. It now seems that Christian Bergman is a lock for the rotation, while the final spot should come down to Bettis and top prospect Jon Gray. In other words, Bettis' fate will be decided by whether or not the Rockies want to maintain an extra year of team control over Gray. Even if the Rockies opt to start Gray in the minors, the talented right-hander will likely be called up in mid-to-late April. Putting it all together and taking Coors Field into consideration, Bettis is arguably the least valuable commodity out of the 150 pitchers that will start the season in a big-league rotation. And, of course, that assumes he even makes the rotation.
Rotowire: Mar 23 / 11:47a ET
News: Bettis was optioned to the minors by the Rockies on Sunday.
Impact: Bettis was one of a cadre of pitchers competing for a starting gig with the big club out of spring training, but even after the groin injury to Jorge De La Rosa and the release of Jhoulys Chacin, the 25-year-old still found himself buried on the depth chart. The right-hander fared well in his two Cactus League outings, tossing five scoreless innings while conceding only two hits and two walks, so the Rockies could still view him as a potential contributor later in the season if another starting pitcher is needed. Until an opening arises, however, Bettis will pitch out of the Triple-A Albuquerque rotation.
Rotowire: Mar 17 / 10:32a ET
News: Bettis (shoulder) will start Tuesday's exhibition against the Angels, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: It will mark the Cactus League debut for Bettis, who has been limited thus far in camp due to the shoulder injury. While the right-hander now looks to be fully recovered, he's probably lost too much ground to the likes of Tyler Matzek and Jordan Lyles for the Rockies' final two rotation spots, which Bettis never had a realistic shot at winning. After the team experimented with Bettis as a reliever to disastrous results last season, the 25-year-old will see full-time starting duty in 2015. He'll likely have to post positive results at Triple-A Albuquerque before receiving another look from the parent club.