News hit the wire this week that Colorado Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt has a UCL tear in his pitching elbow that will likely require Tommy John surgery. Chances are that Betancourt will have a tough time coming back from this serious of an injury at the age of 38. The problem for the Rockies isn’t specifically that they have to find someone to fill that role next season and the rest of this season but rather that they keep getting key players hurt.
All season it was this way. Even though both players were charged up about staying healthy this season, Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki each spent a decent amount of time on the disabled list. Dexter Fowler had his stints as well this season. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba also went down with an injury and now Betancourt has a serious one. It never seems to end for these guys. I doubt something is in the water but they have to figure out a way to keep themselves healthy if they want to come close to potential in the 2014 MLB season.
Gonzalez and Tulowitzki are still crucial parts that have to stick around for most of the season. Fowler could be more than he already is with a constant flow of pitches that isn’t interrupted by a DL stay as well. I don’t have any suggestions but even if they start a search for someone that has put a hex on them, they should plan on doing something to stay healthy. For this team it is actually that big of an issue.