Back keeps Helton out of lineup once again

Back keeps Helton out of lineup once again

DENVER -- First baseman Todd Helton was not in the lineup on Sunday for the sixth time in seven games due to back stiffness.

He missed four straight games before playing on Friday, but didn't play Saturday. Manager Jim Tracy said, "Todd's doing better, but he's still a little bit stiff. We just don't want to do anything to aggravate [it]. Like Tulowitzki, I really believe you're going to see some more of Todd, but I want him to feel better."

Helton, 38, has had a highly successful season. He's hitting .303 with 27 doubles, 14 homers and 69 RBIs in 123 games. Additionally, Helton's on-base percentage is .384 and his slugging percentage is .468.

"It's unfair to compromise Todd Helton with what he has done and the body of work that he has given us," Tracy said. "It's unfair to compromise him by sending him out there stiff and sore."