Helton returns from hip injury, activated off DL

Helton returns from hip injury, activated off DL

DENVER -- The Rockies reinstated Todd Helton from the 15-day disabled list Friday, optioning left-handed pitcher Edwar Cabrera to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

"Still sore, but it's good enough," said Helton, who was placed on the disabled list July 13 with a sore right hip and played two games with rookie affiliate Grand Junction.

Helton's hip issues have become more concerning than the back pains that have plagued him the past several years. Manager Jim Tracy will continue to give Helton, 38, a couple days off throughout the week.

"If he's physically capable of taking on the workload, then the program will be similar," Tracy said. "If he can play today and tomorrow that'd be great, then we'd back off Sunday for the day game."

Tracy will be watchful of how Helton's hip affects his batting mechanics.

"How will his leg kick feel? Is he able to get it up to the height he wants to?" Tracy said. "He'll have to do that and get it down on time. That's what it revolves around."

Helton entered Friday's game hitting .235 with seven homers.