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With lefties coming up, Helton may see less time


DENVER -- First baseman Todd Helton's batting average is down to .217 and his playing time could become sporadic given the fact the Rockies could run into a number of left-handers in the next few games.

For example, Helton sat and Jordan Pacheco started Wednesday night against the Astros' Erik Bedard. The Dodgers will use Clayton Kershaw on Friday night and Hyun-Jin Ryu on Sunday afternoon.

Even with the inconsistent playing time, manager Walt Weiss believes Helton can turn things around.

"He can still hit," Weiss said. "I wasn't worried about him early, and I still believe that he's going to be productive for us.

"They're both going to get plenty of at-bats."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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