|Todd Helton plans on playing in 2013. (US Presswire)|
Rockies first baseman Todd Helton will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, ending his season, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
"The recovery time is about six months, so I am doing this now so I can be ready for spring training. I plan on playing next year," Helton told the Post.
Helton turns 39 later this month and has one more year on his contract worth $5 million. Helton was struggling this season, hitting just .238/.343/.400 with seven home runs this season. He is a career .320/.419/.545 hitter.
He played -- and hit third in the batting order -- on Sunday, going 1 for 4 with a double in the Rockies' loss to the Giants. He played in six games since coming off the disabled list, going 5 for 19 (.263) in that span.
Helton's been bothered by the hip injury all season and spent time on the 15-day disabled list last month with inflammation of the hip.