Helton Out For Season

Todd Helton’s season is over. He will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, ending any hope he will be a part of the potential 100 loss season the Rockies are heading towards.

He told the Denver Post,

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.

Chris Nelson will be activated to take Helton’s place on the 25 man roster.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has placed Todd Helton on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip labrum tear. Helton will have arthroscopic surgery to repair the hip with Dr. James Genuario. The Rockies have also activated infielder Chris Nelson from the 15-day disabled list. Nelson (#10) will be in uniform and available for tonight’s Rockies at Dodgers game (8:10 p.m. MDT).

Helton, 38, is batting .238 (57-for-240) with 16 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs and 37 RBI in 69 games for the Rockies this season. This is Helton’s second trip to the disabled this season due to the right hip injury. Helton previously missed 12 games while on the DL from 7/13-27. The five-time NL All-Star is a career .320 Major League hitter (2,420-for-7,565) with 570 doubles, 36 triples, 354 home runs, 1,345 RBI, 1,360 runs scored and 1,295 walks. Helton is the Rockies career leader in all of those categories except career batting average, which he is second.

Nelson, 26, is batting .256 (43-for-168) with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, and 23 RBI in 58 games for the Rockies this season. Nelson appeared in four rehab games with Triple-A Colorado Springs and batted .267 (4-for-15) with 2 doubles, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Over parts of three seasons in the Majors with Colorado (2010-12), Nelson has batted .255 (95-for-373) with 20 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs, 39 RBI and 45 runs scored in 138 games. The infielder missed a total of 17 games while on the disabled list after having an irregular heartbeat.

The Rockies have a full 40-man roster.

 


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IggyRox
IggyRox
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I have to agree that Helton deserves to finish on his own terms. That doesn’t mean the Rox shouldn’t grab the best 1B they can in the off-season, though. If DOD, Tracy etc. are still in place for 2013, keeping Todd in the lineup 4-5 days a week should be a given. After all, nothing else on offense is going to change (and dare I say, nor should much). It’s still a decent offensive ballclub. However, Todd is no longer… Read more »

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

I hope that Helton will be healthy next year and will have an appropriate final year of his career. In the meantime, Cuddyer can play 1B, and we can let Colvin and the other young OFs have a chance for some playing time. I expect to see Blackmon and Wheeler, and maybe even Dickerson, after the CS season is over.

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Julian

I’d like to see Kyle Parker & Tim Wheeler.

Jeem
Jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

He is HOF. But then so is Alan Trammell.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Amazing how they want to discount the Coors Field factor, but you never hear the same thing about those bandboxes in Philly and Cincy, for example. Nor do you ever hear anyone mention that the Rox play a heavy part of their road schedule in SF, LA, and SD, something only matched by the D-backs…something that certainly skews the home/away splits. While many will debate Todd’s numbers, there has never been a more team oriented and class act in the… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

Bob…you stole my thunder. I was listening to local Phoenix sports radio this morning and the host said…”Todd Helton is one of those potential Hall of Fame guys…but of course he play’s at Coors field, so take that into account”

Uggh.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

I do think he’s a HOF player. Why don’t I want him to come back? Because he eats up 6 million bucks next year and something makes me think we need to spend that on pitching. So if he does come back, here’s what Tracy (Geivett?) should be thinking about before they pencil him in as a starter: Todd vs RHP 2012: 826 OPS 2011: 879 OPS Still solid. Not what you’d like out of a first baseman, but certainly… Read more »

Jeem
Jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Don’t we owe him the money regardless?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

There’s no way we can expect Helton to bow out without collecting his final season’s pay. At a minimum I expect him back to compete in Spring Training. I can’t imagine the “nice guys” at 20th and Blake who can’t even fire a pitching coach to cut Helton. He’ll make the team and then find another injury to shelve him. I’m kind of skeptical about this injury. Not that it’s real, but when did it happen? Was it a lingering… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Good question, Jeem. If he retires at the end of this season, I know we wouldn’t owe him next year’s salary ($5 million). But he’s also owed a lot of deferred money thanks to him restructuring his contract — 13.1 million — over the following 10 years at a 3% interest rate. I have no idea what the contract provides for regarding that money if Helton retires early. Needless to say, I don’t expect him to based on pride and… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I simply cannot believe Todd would put up miserable numbers just to collect a paycheck that amounts to a small fraction of his incredible income over his career. He may have a dilusion at some point that he can still be competitive when ultimately he isn’t, but I don’t think money would be a factor. He’s been the consumate team player, so I can’t see this being about the almighty dollar. I can’t imagine that any deferred money, which by… Read more »

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I’m not so sure it was a good question. Of course if he retires he doesn’t get paid. Not sure what I was thinking.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Bob, thinking about it a bit more I have to agree. 5 million bucks would sure as heck motivate me to rehab after surgery, but Todd has made (according to baseballreference) 151.5 million bucks so far. So I can’t imagine it’s that important to him. I do think he wants to finish strong, and also add to those HOF credentials. Meanwhile, Pom looks really good tonite, and I just checked the Tulsa boxscore: Chacin, 5 strong innings (5 K, 0… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Here’s another reason for optimism: Our magic number to win the division dropped from 76 to 74 over both the Giants and Dodgers. Wild card is still a bit less likely though, since the Braves and Pirates both won tonight.

I sure hope we won the coin toss in case of a play-in game!

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

That’s a great post Bob. Do they have an official magic number sign somewhere at 20th and Blake? If not, its your duty to design one!

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

Given some of the Rockies’ horrible homestands, maybe it would be better if the tiebreaker game is played on the road.

Trip
Trip
8 years ago

It could be like Kevin Ritz several tears ago. Stays on DL and collects the money. Todd will get paid next year regardless if he plays or not. I bet, and hope, he plays for reasons stated by Jardean.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Trip

Is that a Freudian slip or a typo?

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

I had hoped Todd would finish strong this year and next,and get to 600 doubles.Sort of an off set for his under 400 HR HOF resume.He believes he can still play if healthy,and his April-early May power numbers hint he can.I think the hip was affecting his defense and that clinched his decision.H e missed two scoops on throws in his last two games that are normally routine for him.As I said before I’d love to see him go out… Read more »

Banjar
Banjar
8 years ago

Todd is HOF material. But crazy things have happened when it comes to that honor–Roger Maris has not been not elected to the Hall. We are in the forgotten time zone too.

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