The club didn’t confirm the Denver Post’s report.

“It could be Bettis. It could be [Antonio] Senzatela. It could be [Tyler] Chatwood,” Rockies manager Bud Black said on Friday. “It could be all those guys.”

On Tuesday night for Triple-A Albuquerque, Bettis yielded one run over five innings. He threw 70 pitches before exiting the game due to rain, but he tossed another 20 pitches in the bullpen following the delay.

Bettis has thrown 23 1/3 innings between Albuquerque and Double-A Hartford. He’s 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in four Triple-A starts this season.

Black said on Wednesday that Bettis would be back in the big leagues, but it was just a matter of time.

The dominoes seem to be in place for Bettis to make a much-anticipated return to a Major League mound on Monday, though. He was diagnosed with the cancer and underwent surgery last November, beginning chemotherapy in March because it had spread to his lymph nodes.

Black wouldn’t say on Friday, however, if that return will come Monday against the Braves.

“I’ll give the answer in the next couple of days,” Black said.

Desmond not close to returning

Ian Desmond isn’t close to beginning a rehab assignment, if he in fact needs one, Black said.

The first baseman has been on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain since July 28. It’s the same calf Desmond injured earlier in July.

“We’re going to talk about that,” Black said. “He’s still a ways away from that. The farther he gets away from the injury that recurred in St. Louis, the likelihood increases that he’ll go out on a rehab.”

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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