DENVER -- Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery to have a testicle removed, the team announced Monday.
The 27-year-old said in a statement that the cancer did not spread and he is expected to be with the team at spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz., in February.
Bettis' doctor noticed an abnormaility during a November appointment. After further tests and advanced blood, the cancer was diagnosed. Bettis had surgery on Nov. 29 to remove one of the testicles.
"The surgeon is very confident that the cancer was isolated and has not spread," Bettis said. "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."
Bettis went 14–8 with a 4.79 ERA in 32 starts last season. He is 23–19 in three seasons with the Rockies.