Helton lands on DL with hip soreness

Helton lands on DL with hip soreness

DENVER -- Still battling right hip soreness, Rockies veteran first baseman Todd Helton landed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

Helton played sparingly in the days before the All-Star break, although he did go 0-for-3 with a walk on Sunday at Washington in the final day before the midsummer recess. The hope was he would improve during the break, but that did not happen. Manager Jim Tracy said Helton (.235, seven home runs, 34 RBIs) will undergo further testing, which likely means an MRI.

"Because he was experiencing some soreness, we did shut him down for several days prior to trying it on Sunday; it wasn't very good," Tracy said. "Beyond Sunday, there were going to be four more days where he could just rest. But he came in today and he's still sore. Now there needs to be some intervening involved to where we do anything and everything that we have to do to try to get to the very bottom of it."

Helton's hip issues, which have surpassed longtime back problems on his list of ailments, have made it easier to play the sizzling Tyler Colvin (.305, 13 homers, 40 RBIs), either at first base or in the outfield. For Friday's opener of three games with the Phillies, Colvin started in right field and Michael Cuddyer, the regular right fielder, moved to first base.

The Rockies called up infielder Josh Rutledge from Double-A Tulsa and started him at shortstop. Rutledge hit .306 with 27 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs and 35 RBIs in 87 games for the Drillers. Rutledge's presence allows the Rockies to use veteran Marco Scutaro at second base rather than shortstop.