Because he did not initially plan to have the surgery, many expected that Betancourt had pitched his last Major League game. Colorado Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt has decided to have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his pitching elbow. That makes it unlikely the Rockies would pick up Betancourt's mutual option for 2014. "I took the decision last night, alongside doctors," Betancourt said on the radio show Los Cronistas. But the surgery is a strong indication he plans to return to a big league mound. "If he's going to get out there and compete again and he made clear that's what he wants to do going this route, when he goes back out there, he'll be able to take his best shot."