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Rockies pitcher diagnosed with testicular cancer

Chad Bettis has surgery

The Colorado Rockies say right-hander Chad Bettis has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The Rockies announced the news Tuesday on the team Twitter account and said he's expected to recover in time for spring training.

The news was first reported by ESPN. The pitcher issued a statement to ESPN, saying that he underwent surgery late last month to have a testicle removed. Bettis added in the statement: "My understanding is that I will be physically ready to have a normal spring training, and I greatly look forward to the upcoming season."

An email was left with Bettis' agent.

The 27-year-old Bettis was 14-8 with a 4.79 ERA last season. He figures to be an integral part of the 2017 starting rotation under first-year Colorado manager Bud Black.

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