Chemo done, Bettis eager to 'move forward'

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rockies woke up Tuesday in first place in the National League West, but that fact was trumped by even better news: right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis completed the last round of chemotherapy treatments in his battle against testicular cancer.

Bettis made the announcement via Instagram and posted a picture with his wife, Kristina, and their infant daughter, Everleigh Rae.

Bettis wrote: "Just got done with my last day of chemo!! My family and I want to say thank you for all the support and prayers! We're eternally grateful for y'all. We are excited to move forward and start the process of getting back. Again, thank you! We love you! ???? #letsgettowork"

Bettis was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery on Nov. 29. After the surgery, bloodwork found cancer markers undetectable, and Bettis reported to Spring Training in Scottsdale, Ariz., and even threw a bullpen session. But a follow-up exam in March revealed that the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. Chemotherapy began in late March.

Bettis visited the Rockies when they played in Phoenix against the D-backs April 28-30. Bettis did some throwing with Rockies staff and teammates, and was in the dugout for games. The Rockies have kept his glove on the dugout rail during games throughout the season.

During the Phoenix trip, Bettis was optimistic that once the port through which the medicine is administered is surgically removed and the area heals, he can work toward a return this season.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.