Helton Has Surgery On Lower Back

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing surgery on his lower back.

The operation was performed Tuesday by Dr. Robert Watkins at Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles.

The Rockies said Thursday that Helton has returned home to Denver to recuperate.

The 35-year-old missed 62 games this season because of a strained lower back.

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