Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Todd Helton Asks to Stay, But Pulled from Game

Rockies first baseman Todd Helton asked to stay in the game after playing six innings, but trainers asked that he be pulled to rest after his first rehabiliation start for the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Helton, having missed time due to a variation of Crohn's Disease, went 1-3, hitting a sharp single in the Sky Sox 4-2 win over the Tacoma Raniers. Helton protested that he felt well enough to continue playing, but trainers told him they want him to take it slow. Helton wanted another at-bat to help him rediscover his timing after a two-week layoff prompted by his hospitalization for fever and extreme abdominal pain related to an inflamed colon. Helton is being treated with medication and has modified his diet.