Aug 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt (63) celebrates with catcher Wilin Rosario (20) after pitching the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Rockies defeated the Phillies 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Rafael Betancourt suffers torn ulnar collateral ligament


Colorado Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt may have reached the end of the road in his Major League Baseball career. While the news was expected, Betancourt has officially been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Betancourt suffered the injury last week during a Thursday appearance against the Philadelphia Phillies and he was almost immediately placed on the disabled list after an MRI confirmed the tear.

The team is looking at all options and Betancourt will be re-evaluated by doctors after receiving an injection for platelet-rich plasma therapy, but it doesn’t look very good for the veteran. With his torn UCL, it is almost certain that he will be forced to undergo Tommy John surgery and at his age it could put an end to his playing days.

This season, Betancourt racked up 16 saves in 19 tries.

At 39-years-old and coming off of Tommy John surgery, it will be hard to convince a team you are worth the money.

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