Rockies’ Todd Helton to Undergo Season-Ending Hip Surgery

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) – Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton will undergo season-ending hip surgery on Friday to repair a torn labrum, the team announced on Monday.

Helton injured his hip in early June and spent two weeks on the disabled list in July before returning to the lineup.  The 38-year-old baseman plans to play next season and told the Denver Post that he chose to have surgery now because the recovery timetable is typically six months.

"You watch. This is going to give him a chance to focus on one thing: rehabbing and getting this right for spring," said Rockies relief pitcher Matt Belisle who is among Helton’s closest friends on the team. "I have no doubt that he will come back."

Helton was the eighth overall pick in the 1995 draft and has played his entire 16-season career for the Rockies.  The five-time All Star was batting .238 with 7 homers and 37 RBI’s.

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