PHOENIX -- Rockies first baseman Todd Helton appeared stiff as he walked around the clubhouse before the closing of a three-game series against the D-backs at Chase Field on Wednesday night.
"Back and hip," Helton said with a grimace.
As promised, Helton was given the night off, replaced in the lineup and at first by Jason Giambi. Rockies manager Jim Tracy pulled Helton from Colorado's 10-0 loss on Tuesday night in the fifth inning and afterward said that Helton would have the day off, giving him back-to-back days of rest when combined with Thursday's off-day.
"He's fine," Tracy said. "We've done this a couple of times already this year. It's two-fold. It gives us a chance to get Jason Giambi involved. We're getting closer to a road trip that involves American League teams [Detroit, Texas] and he will take up the bulk of the DH situations in their ballparks. It gives Todd a chance to take two days off and only miss a game. This is the right thing to do. It's good for Jason and it's good for Todd."
Helton is batting .241 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 45 games. Giambi is hitting .250 with a homer and seven RBIs in 16 games, 13 of them pinch-hit appearances.