Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/11/13
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Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who missed considerable time last season, is healthy, working out regularly and doing baseball activities. Helton, who turns 40 in August, played just 69 games in 2012, the fewest in any of his 15 full major league seasons. He underwent surgery Aug. 10 to repair a torn right hip labrum. Helton took batting practice for the second time Jan. 8 and came away very encouraged. While he's not the run-producer he once was, Helton can still make pitchers work with his ability to fight off good pitches and prolong his at-bats. He can still get on base regularly and can still play outstanding defense. "I worked with Pat Burgess, who is our bullpen catcher but who is really good (at throwing batting practice)," Helton told MLB.com. "I got to the point where I was seeing the ball where it was pitched. I could hit it hard. It was a good feeling. I kept telling him, 'Wow, that was a lot of fun.'" Last season, Helton hit .238 with seven homers an...
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