07/14/12 8:30 PM ET
Cuddyer setting an example in tough times
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Helton feels better after cortisone shot
DENVER -- Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said Saturday he had improved greatly after receiving a cortisone shot in his inflamed right hip on Friday.Helton, 38, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, will begin exercising Sunday and work his way toward baseball activities. "I felt a whole lot better as soon as I had it," Helton said Saturday. Helton entered the year with back problems, but the hip issues in recent weeks have affected the leg kick going into his swing. Helton, who has spent most of his career above the .300 mark, hit .235 before the break this season.
Shortstop Josh Rutledge went 2-for-2 with two RBIs on Friday for the Rockies in his Major League debut, a 6-2 victory over the Phillies. Rutledge became the second Rockies player in the team's 20 seasons to go at least 2-for-2 with two RBIs in his debut. The first was Derrick Gibson, who went 4-for-4 with two RBIs on Sept. 9, 1998. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said he is looking to use right-hander Adam Ottavino (2-0, 4.82 ERA) as a bridge between the starter and the late-inning bullpen. Starters are working with limited pitch counts in the club's four-man rotation, so relievers are needed to sometimes pitch multiple innings before the seventh. Tracy is intrigued by Ottavino's velocity, but he needs to improve his strike-throwing consistency. He has 35 strikeouts to 13 walks, but when he has missed, he has landed in trouble.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.