Tag:Todd Helton
Posted on: August 2, 2010 3:24 pm

Rockies may put Fowler on DL, take Helton off

The Rockies could be gaining a player from the disabled list and losing another, Troy E. Renck of the Denver Pos t reports .

Colorado center fielder Dexter Fowler is most likely headed to the disabled list after hurting his left ribs and left hip crashing into the wall at Coors Field to make a game-saving catch in the ninth inning of Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Fowler's trip to the disabled list could open a spot for Todd Helton to return to the active roster. Helton has played three rehab games fin the minor leagues and went 3 for 4 with three RBI Sunday at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He was 5 for 10 with five RBI in three games. He's had a back injury that's sidelined him since early last month. He was hitting .246/.336/.310 when he went on the DL.

Fowler is hitting .239/.351/.387 with three homers and 17 RBI and 11 stolen bases as the team's leadoff man.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:15 am

Helton faces setback

MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports via Twitter that Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, out since July 4 with a back strain, is being sent home from his rehab assignment to work on strengthening his legs. Apparently Helton is not having pain in the legs, but needs to restore strength to help with his back issues.

Helton was supposed to play two games this week with Class A Asheville, and was targeting a return to the big-league club this weekend.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 17, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2010 6:48 pm

Rockies' Helton, Tulowitzki on the mend

Todd Helton A pair of Rockies are on the mend -- as Troy Tulowitzki took batting practice in Cincinnati on Friday and Todd Helton joined the team Saturday and was scheduled to take BP before the Reds-Rockies game for the first time since going on the disabled list on July 7 with a stiff back. However, rain at Great American Ball Park won't allow Helton to take batting practice on the field.

Helton said there was no timetable for his return, but a perfect case scenario would be him being activated on Monday in Florida when he is eligible to return, but when asked if that was realistic, he said, "I don't know. If I could hit 14 home runs in that game, that'd be good, too. Just to get out there and play would be good and hopefully help us win ballgames. I have no idea what they're thinking."

Helton said he didn't know if he'd have a rehab assignment or return directly to the team. He had an epidural before the All-Star break and that has given him relief.

"As far as standing here, yes, but I don't know about hitting a baseball," Helton said. "If I was a beat writer, I'd be fine."

I did point out to him that the job may be a little more physically demanding than he may be giving it credit for.

"I can see that by the specimen of athlete I see around me," Helton responded.

As for Tulowitzki, he's just as uncertain about his exact return to the club, but is excited about his progress from a broken bone in his left wrist. He took batting practice on Friday and had hoped to do so again on Saturday.

"I'm definitely getting closer, but at the same time, I don't want to rush anything," Tulowitzki said. "I want to do what I'm supposed to do every day and not do too much. It's tough to watch the club, even though they're playing well. It's tough watching, but sometimes at the same time you don't want to rush it. Talking to guys who have had similar injuries, it's better to take a couple of extra days rather than to rush it and have a set-back."

Tulowitzki could start a rehab assignment as soon as this week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 8, 2010 4:46 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:56 am

Who's on first? In Denver, lots of people

Chris Iannetta Todd Helton is 36 years old, looking at his second back-injury shortened season in three years, and a year away from free agency. So as much of a blow his latest trip to the DL is to the Rockies, it's also an opportunity to begin considering Life After Helton.

Since Helton has been out of action, Brad Eldred, called up from Triple-A, and Jason Giambi have started at first. But manager Jim Tracy said as many as five people could play first in Helton's absence. Catcher Chris Iannetta (pictured, after his walk-off home run Wednesday night) played some first base in college at North Carolina, and outfielder Brad Hawpe will be taking grounders at first as well. Melvin Mora also has appeared five times at first for the Rockies this year.

But the Rockies are playing well and in position to contend for the National League West, especially if the Padres' lack of offense catches up with them. Should Colorado be looking for a more significant addition? Giambi and Mora are long in the tooth, Hawpe is falling apart physically, Iannetta is batting .217 and needed behind the plate, and Eldred hasn't shown he can be a factor at the major league level yet.

If the Rockies think Helton's health is going to continue to be a factor, they might want to consider trading for someone like Baltimore's versatile Ty Wigginton or Arizona's Kelly Johnson, who would give them some options without breaking the bank.

-- David Andriesen

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