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Todd Helton plans to play next season after hip surgery

Todd Helton, Yadier Molina

Colorado Rockies’ Todd Helton (17) throws his bat after striking out with two on base as St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina (4) walks away in the first inning in a baseball game, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)


Not that there was much doubt considering he’s under contract for $5 million, but Todd Helton confirmed that he’s planning to come back from hip surgery to play in 2013.

“I think, physically, I will be able to come back,” Helton said, via Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. “So I plan on coming back, but there are a couple of things still on my mind. I want to know I have a good chance to make it through next year--healthy. That will factor into it.”

In other words it’s not quite 100 percent that he’ll return, which seems natural considering he’s just six weeks removed from surgery to repair a torn labrum and still going through the recovery process at age 39.

This was Helton’s worst season, as the career .320 hitter batted just .238 while trying to play through the hip injury before shutting things down in August. He’ll likely be a part-time player in 2013, but it’d be nice to see Helton go out on a high note.