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Rockies making Todd Helton a part-time player for stretch run

Aug 17, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

Todd Helton has hit well since returning from the disabled list two weeks ago, going 9-for-30 (.300) with two homers, two doubles, and a .927 OPS, but manager Jim Tracy said yesterday that the 36-year-old first baseman will not be used as an everyday player down the stretch.

We were doing a lot of searching early on, but he obviously got to a point where his legs fatigued. So if we’re mindful of what it was that sent him to the DL and we bring him back and push him, we’re completely defeating the purpose.

So far Tracy has given Helton back-to-back starts followed by one game off, with Jason Giambi or Melvin Mora replacing him at first base depending on whether the opposing pitcher is right-handed or left-handed.
That seems like a solid plan and so far at least has kept Helton productive after he struggled mightily before landing on the DL, but it can’t be very encouraging in the bigger picture given that the Rockies still owe him about $30 million.

  1. Bokosse - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Wow…two Rockies stories in one day? Who are they, the Mets?

  2. Will - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Seems like a reasonable plan. It’s just a shame that we’ll never see the Beltin’ Helton of old again.

  3. willmose - Aug 17, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    He seems pretty expensive for a platoon player.

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