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Todd Helton needs knee surgery after having hip surgery

Nov 2, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Todd Helton, who already underwent hip surgery in August, will have left knee surgery today to repair a torn meniscus, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

Saunders writes that the surgery “is not considered major” and Helton is expected to be ready for spring training, but at age 39 and coming off a season in which he played just 69 games his health is obviously a huge question mark.

Helton is owed $5 million in the final season of his contract and has played 16 seasons for the Rockies, but hit just .238 with seven homers and a .743 OPS when in the lineup this year. At this point he seems likely to be a part-time player in 2013.

  1. skerney - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    The Rockies have had two opening day first basemen in their entire history.

  2. willclarkgameface - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Yikes. This guys needs to hang it up pronto. Let him manage. I’d trust him more than Giambi, that big sweaty fuck that would probably still look like a big sweaty mess even if he was just sitting in the dugout and managing a game.

    • ezthinking - Nov 3, 2012 at 2:03 AM

      Is this you willclarkgameface?

      The sweaty man issue makes me think its you, but there’s alot less animosity on that site than from your comments so I’m not sure.

      Anyway, Giambi wants to manage, Helton wants to play. Either way, they both should be admired for their love of the game, not whether or not they perspire.

  3. dcdebacle - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    one of the truly great first baseman of his generation, a chronic back problem robbed him of his power, while leaving others to blame him “coming off the juice.” having watched him play everyday forout of my life, let me just say that if this is it for #17, baseball is losing an making hitter and a pretty Damn good fielder. nobody picked balls out of the dirt better than helton, and he was a marvel at feeling off pitch after pitch, waiting for what he wanted. i hope he can come back and contribute next year, i would love to see him go out in victory.

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