Helton likely needs more time to rest hurting hip

Helton likely needs more time to rest hurting hip

SAN DIEGO -- More soreness in his right hip has made it unlikely that Rockies first baseman Todd Helton will be activated Tuesday, when he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list for a right hip injury.

Helton went 1-for-3 with an RBI Saturday for Rookie-level Grand Junction in his second injury rehab game Saturday, but he left the game after a collision at first base. Manager Jim Tracy said Sunday that Helton was still sore.

The issue with activating Helton, who hit .235 with seven homers and 34 RBIs in 63 games before going to the DL, is his ability to bounce back after playing. Helton will rest Sunday and Monday, and the Rockies will determine the next step from there.

"You let the day go today or give him another day to find out how quickly the soreness dissipates or doesn't," Tracy said. "That'll go a long way in determining the direction and how much additional time he needs."

In other injury news, Tracy said the club was still discussing whether to have right-hander Jhoulys Chacin pitch in another simulated game or begin a Minor League injury rehab assignment. Chacin hasn't pitched since May 1 because of a nerve injury in the right side of his chest.