Chad Bettis’ next big step was a big success.
The Rockies right-hander, working his way back from testicular cancer, made his first rehab start Thursday night, pitching two innings for Double-A Hartford against Trenton, the New York Yankees’ Double-A affiliate.
Bettis struck out three, gave up no hits and allowed one unearned run. He faced eight batters and threw 31 pitches, 19 for strikes.
Bettis, who underwent chemotherapy this spring and summer, has been working out with the Rockies and slowly building himself back into form. He began his comeback with bullpen sessions and then threw a simulated game last week.