Rox explore 'different avenues' to replace Helton

Rox explore 'different avenues' to replace Helton

LOS ANGELES -- With Todd Helton out for the rest of the season with a labrum tear in his right hip that will require surgery, Rockies manager Jim Tracy now has the task of figuring out who will play first base for the final two months.

"We have a lot of different avenues to go down with a lot of different names," Tracy said before Monday's game against the Dodgers.

For the remainder of the year, Tracy expects to mix and match Matt McBride, Tyler Colvin and Jordan Pacheco at first. He'll even sprinkle in Michael Cuddyer once he returns from the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

In Monday night's game, Tracy penciled in McBride at first.

Before the Rockies called up McBride on Saturday, he spent the entire season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, batting .354 with 10 home runs and 77 RBIs, along with 36 doubles.

"We are going to find more time for McBride because of how he has performed so far this season with Triple-A and here at the Major League level," Tracy said.