The Colorado Rockies have placed first baseman Todd Helton on the 15-day disabled list, according to the Denver Post. The veteran has been dealing with a sore left forearm and has not played in the last five games.
Helton started the 2013 season slowly, but was coming alive with nine hits in his last 20 at-bats. He is hitting .268 with one home run and 10 RBIs.
The Rockies called up Ryan Wheeler from Triple-A to replace Helton on the active roster on Thursday, April 24. Wheeler was mashing the ball down in Colorado Springs, hitting .348 with 16 RBIs. He was playing third base in the minors, but can play first base and both corner outfield positions.
Helton has struggled with injuries over the last two seasons, and only played in 69 games in 2012 after having back surgery. Helton has not officially announced it, but some believe 2013 will be his final season.
The Rockies can also use Michael Cuddyer and Jordan Pacheco at first base. Both are not as strong defensively as Helton, so the Rockies could struggle a little more in the field.
Wheeler was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth round in 2009. The Rockies traded for the third baseman last season when then sent reliever Matt Reynolds to Arizona. If Wheeler impresses manager Walt Weiss in this opportunity, he could end up stay with the Rockies at third base. Colorado is lacking power at both corner infield spots and some added punch may be good in the long run.
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