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Todd Helton returns from hip injury, rejoins Rockies’ lineup

Jul 27, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

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Out since July 8 with a hip injury, Todd Helton is back from the disabled list and batting fifth in the Rockies’ lineup tonight.

Before the DL stint Helton started 58 of 77 games at first base and the Rockies figure to give him regular time off in an effort to keep the 38-year-old healthy. Michael Cuddyer, who had been filling in at first base, will shift back to right field while Tyler Colvin and Andrew Brown losing playing time.

Helton has hit just .235 with a .730 OPS in 256 plate appearances this season, but he’s signed through next year as part of a renegotiated long-term contract that allowed the Rockies to defer payments until 2023.

  1. maximusprime107 - Jul 28, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    Why even bother putting him in the lineup. He hasn’t been good in years, he can’t hit anymore and he doesn’t hustle, have you ever seen him run down the line? It’s a joke. You’ve got to cut the chord eventually, as much as it may hurt to see such a longtime Rockie go, he takes away playing time for either Colvin or Cuddyer who are much more important nowadays

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