08/06/12 10:11 PM ET
Helton to undergo season-ending hip surgery
Tracy says veteran first baseman has 'every intention' of playing in 2013
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
"Todd has every intention of playing next year."
Helton's is the latest misfortune in what is shaping up as the worst of the 20 seasons in Rockies history.Injuries have been an epidemic. Monday's game against the Dodgers, which the Rockies enter with a 38-68 record, will be the 58th that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will have missed because of an injury to his left groin that required surgery (to remove scar tissue). Opening Day catcher Ramon Hernandez missed 42 games with a strained left hand. Outfielder-first baseman Michael Cuddyer, who rotated with fellow outfielder-first baseman Tyler Colvin to handle right field and first base because of Helton's health, went on the DL on Sunday with a right oblique strain. Helton's backup at first base, Jason Giambi, has missed the last 11 games because of a viral syndrome. Chris Nelson, the Opening Day third baseman who was recalled from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill Helton's roster spot, missed 17 games because of an irregular heartbeat. The list of injuries doesn't even include the pitchers. Juan Nicasio (surgery on left knee) and Christian Friedrich (stress fracture in lower back) are expected to miss the remainder of the season. Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa hoped to have already returned from Tommy John surgery but only now appears to be headed in that direction. And righty Jhoulys Chacin, on a Minor League rehab assignment, hasn't pitched for the Rockies since May 1 because of a nerve issue in his chest.
"It just wasn't meant to be this season," Helton said.
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.