SCOTTSDALE, Arizona - Colorado Rockies Manager Walt Weiss sat in the managers chair at spring training Tuesday for the first time and said he looks forward to having first baseman Todd Helton in camp.
Last week, after another driver called police, the 39-year old Helton was arrested in Thornton on suspicion of driving under the influence and careless driving.
When asked by reporters if Helton's arrest would be a distraction Weiss responded, "No you know what, no. Todd has built up a lot of goodwill in this game and in the community. He's going to deal with this. He's going to take this head on. He's going to face the music, and then we will turn the page."
Weiss confirmed that Helton is currently in Arizona and looks ready to get started but does not have to officially report to the team until Saturday.
"I saw him the other day, and there was a bounce in his step. He was smiling, and I think he wants this year to be special, like we all do," Weiss said.
Helton is expected to address DUI charge when he reports to camp.
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