Todd Helton Plans To Return For 2013 Season

Todd Helton isn't yet completely sure he'll be healthy enough to do it, but the long-time Rockies first baseman tells Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that he intends to play next season.

"I think, physically, I will be able to come back," Helton said. "So I plan on coming back, but there are a couple of things still on my mind. I want to know I have a good chance to make it through next year — healthy. That will factor into it."

Helton hit .238/.343/.400 with seven homers in 283 plate appearances this season, reaching new career lows in batting average and on-base percentage.  The 39-year-old battled injuries for much of the season and underwent surgery in August for a torn hip labrum, which Helton says is now feeling much better.  As per the extension Helton signed before the 2010 season, he will earn $5MM in 2013, his last contracted year with Colorado.

Beyond fitness, Helton notes that the Rockies' future plans will also play a role in his decision.  Colorado could be looking to rebuild after a disastrous 2012 season and give younger players a look at first base, though you would think the Rockies would accommodate a franchise icon like Helton in what would probably be his final year.  Helton told Saunders that he doesn't expect to be an everyday player next season but he wants to be more than a reserve.

"I will have to have ample days off. I know that. If I come back, I expect to play as much as I can. How much? It's hard to tell," Helton said.

8 Responses to Todd Helton Plans To Return For 2013 Season Leave a Reply

  1. dc21892 3 years ago

    Same injury I’m dealing with now. It’s not fun. With his age, it makes it even more difficult.

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      Thought it said shoulder. No idea why. Either way, a torn labrum is no good.

  2. akazerotime 3 years ago

    Breaking News, The Cleveland Indians are in initial discussions for Todd Helton as they look to get another player that will take a ample roster spot a talented younger minor league player could assume. Sources close to the organization have been quoted as saying, “Hey it worked with Johnny Damon and Derek Lowe right?” ~ I can see this happening in the future. OYE!

  3. progmatinee 3 years ago

    Helton could be a helluva more valuable bench player than Giambi. The problem is Jim Tracy has proven himself inadequate in manipulating the roster to fit the talents of his players.
    Helton should start 2 games a week and come off the bench in the 7th inning about 2 games a week as a defensive replacement. The other days he rests or takes a PH if needed. That’s way more than Giambi provides even when healthy.

  4. NickinIthaca 3 years ago

    fan what?

  5. dc21892 3 years ago

    You did it again! :p

  6. LukeNalooshe 3 years ago

    I’m pretty sure every front office in baseball would trade away Helton if the return was good enough.

  7. progmatinee 3 years ago

    It’s not a “typo” if you don’t know how to spell the word in the first place.

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