It's been a disappointing 2012 season for Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who in the first half posted a battling line of .235/.332/.398, three numbers that are far, far below his career averages in each category. One of the reasons he's been struggling has been pain in his right hip, which has affected his high leg kick, and by proxy his swing overall.
But Helton told reporters on Friday night that his hip is feeling better after a cortisone shot on Friday, and that he would play if he could. That, though, isn't slated to happen until at least July 25, when Helton is eligible to come off of the disabled list. The other issue for Helton is that he may find himself squeezed out of the lineup, as Tyler Colvin's strong season has given manager Jim Tracy strong incentive to give Michael Cuddyer time at first base.
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