Chad Bettis gets ovation in return to majors after cancer battle

Cancer fighter Bettis to make '17 debut Monday

Freeland has been really solid this season, but he's missed nearly two weeks with a groin injury, so who knows how he's going to look in his first game back.

And it was hard. At the end of March, his daughter was born.

Bettis rejoins his teammates in the middle of a playoff race.

"I'm trying to stay far away from imagining what it will be like", Bettis said last week, ignoring the onrush of his first game since last September. "Not if or when or I hope it happens, I'm looking forward to the day you pitch this season, 2017'".

That discovery led to a doctor visit and testing with a urologist. This will be Freeland's first career game against the Braves. The Rockies are 20-8 in their last 28 home games, 5-1 in Freelands last 6 home starts and 4-0 in Freelands last 4 starts. Likewise, the Texas Tech family has been squarely in his corner. Freeland has won his past three decisions.

But his shock diagnosis put all those ambitions on hold. Fellow testicular cancer fighter and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon was among those to chime in.

And at first that seemed to be the case.

That he got to be back on the field was all that really mattered to Bettis.

"I've been working to try and get back on track", Teheran said, "and today I feel like I had my best, like the old Julio Teheran that we're used to seeing".

It takes a real fighter to battle cancer through chemotherapy.

'I wanted to scream out. "Recently, I had been trying on my own to treat my back pain and a sleep disorder, including insomnia, but I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance".

Bettis threw seven scoreless innings in front of more than 33,000 fans. But during Spring Training, he learned the cancer had returned, spreading to his lymph nodes. "It hurts but I've dealt with worse pain", he said. "I wasn't prepared for it, mentally or physically". I couldn't have been'. In total he had 21 infusions of the drug over a nine week period. There were days when I didn't want to get out of bed, ' he told the Post.

'It was a blessing, ' Bettis told Sports Illustrated. "Am I excited that it's (Monday)?" I thought about how all of my family was here today. He then underwent chemotherapy.

The left-hander will be reinstated after missing only one start due to a left groin strain that forced him to leave his August 4 outing against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning. He's the first Marlin to homer in five consecutive games.

Lester also had made a reference to Bettis on Twitter on Sunday, writing simply, "Back to work".

Odubel Herrera has gotten as much notice for his bat flipping and baserunning blunders as he has for the 16-game hit streak he takes when Philadelphia plays at San Diego.

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