Taveras Out With Leg Injury, Helton Having Surgery

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Colorado center fielder Willy Taveras is done for the season because of a stress fracture in his right lower leg.

Taveras, who had been experiencing some soreness in the leg, was
scratched from the Rockies' lineup for tonight's game with the San Francisco Giants because of the injury to his tibia bone.

In addition, the Rockies announced that first baseman Todd Helton will have back surgery Tuesday to alleviate a disk problem. Helton was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins in Marina Del Rey, California, where he will have the operation.

Helton missed 54 games before being activated from the disabled list Sept. 12. He had been used as a pinch-hitter since coming off the DL.

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