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Todd Helton joins Rockies Spring training

3:36 PM, Feb 16, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Todd Helton made his return to the field during Spring Training Saturday morning.

The Rockies first baseman was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol last week in Thornton.

Helton, who is set to enter the final year of his contract and his 17th season with the Rockies, endured an injury-plagued and largely ineffective season in 2012.

When asked by reporters if Helton's arrest would be a distraction, Colorado Rockies Manager Walt 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."

Helton has apologized for his actions in a statement released by the Rockies.

Helton is due in court on May 20 on charges of DUI and careless driving.

He is expected to address the media on Sunday, a first since the incident.

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