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CarGo, Betancourt likely to return vs. Giants

DENVER -- The Rockies expect to have two players back fully healthy during their next series at San Francisco, which begins on Friday at AT&T Park.

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Before Thursday's series finale against Arizona, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said reliever Rafael Betancourt (vertigo symptoms) will likely be activated over the weekend and added that Carlos Gonzalez (sprained left hand) should return to the starting lineup versus the Giants as well.

Gonzalez didn't start each of the first two games against Arizona, but he checked in as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning of Wednesday's contest. Gonzalez wasn't in Thursday's starting lineup either, but Weiss said the Rockies' outfielder could make another late-game appearance.

"He's getting better every day, so he's close to being back in there," Weiss said. "We feel like he's available -- not just for defense, but possibly to pinch-hit [on Thursday].

Betancourt, meanwhile, has been on the disabled list since June 8 -- retroactive to June 7 -- after encountering a sinus infection that caused his vertigo symptoms. He made one rehab appearance with Triple-A Albuquerque on June 21, giving up two runs and two hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for
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