Tyler Anderson

Chad Bettis now cancer-free, prepares for spring training

Always so optimistic, Chad Bettis vowed to be ready for spring training even after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November and undergoing surgery.

Now, he knows for sure: The Colorado Rockies right-hander will most certainly be ready to pitch next month.

Cancer-free, too.

On his drive home to Texas for the holidays, Bettis received an early present in the form of a telephone call from his doctors — his blood work showed no more signs of cancer. His early detection, followed by surgery on Nov. 29 to have a testicle removed, proved invaluable.

"Just awesome news," said the 27-year-old Bettis, who's spending the offseason in the...

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