Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/29/14
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There was talk of Todd Helton retiring after he had to undergo hip surgery this past season.  The veteran Colorado Rockies first baseman had played plenty of years, proven all he had to prove.  He could have retired and been proud of what he had done.  But he's not doing that.  He's coming back. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Todd Helton has notified the Rockies that he will return for the 2013 season.  It will be his 17th big league season, and Helton hopes to get back some of the pop that was missing in 2012 due to injury. Helton had a hitting session on Tuesday with coach Pat Burgess, and he felt great.  He feels ready to make his return and contribute in the upcoming season. "I worked with Pat Burgess, who is our bullpen catcher but who is really good. [Rockies hitters often work with him.] 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.'" Helton played in only 69 games in 2012.  He suffered a torn labrum in hip and eventually underwent season-ending surgery in August.  Helton indicated back in September that he wanted to come back and play, but there were plenty of rumors to the contrary.  The fact is, no one would have blamed Helton if he retired. In his career, Helton has hit .320/.419/.545.  He is a five-time All-Star and has won three Gold Gloves at first base. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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