Chad Bettis returns to Rockies after battle with testicular cancer

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DENVER -- Chad Bettis returned to the Rockies lineup on Monday night after undergoing through chemotherapy and battling testicular cancer.

“It feels great [to be back],” Bettis said. “Physically, I feel good. This is way more mentally of a weight off my shoulders to be back with my teammates and brothers.”

"To see a guy go through what he's had to go through, and to see him work his butt off, and to come from a guy that had chemotherapy and how that feels to where he is now," Rockies manager Bud Black said.

"What a great story for all of us, for Chad and his family, and a lot of people who are battling cancer."

Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery last year. He underwent chemotherapy in March after the cancer had unexpectedly spread.

The 28-year-old was placed on the 60-day disabled list and went to rehab in July.

He threw seven shutout innings, allowing six hits, but did not get a decision. The Rockies scored three runs in the eighth to beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-0, to snap a three-game losing streak.

Bettis went 14–8 with a 4.79 ERA in 32 starts last season. He is 23–19 in three seasons with the Rockies.