WASHINGTON -- Chad Bettis will take another step toward returning to the Rockies on Tuesday, when he throws three innings in a simulated outing with Double-A New Britain, manager Walt Weiss announced on Friday.
After that, the plan for Bettis, who has been out since July 18 with right elbow inflammation, is to throw 60-65 pitches in a rehab start the following Saturday.
"It's probably the best-case scenario, to be honest with you," Weiss said. "I was concerned when he went down, you always are when a pitcher has elbow inflammation. The way things have been going, I was kind of preparing for the worst. We got good news when his tests came back."
Bettis, 26, has started 13 games for Colorado this season, posting a 5-4 record and a 4.88 ERA.
Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.