Worth noting

Worth noting

• Veteran first baseman Todd Helton did not start on Monday, and told the Denver Post that he has a sore right hip.

• Right-hander Juan Nicasio, who hasn't pitched since June 2 because of a strained left knee, faced hitters on Saturday, will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday and will take part in a simulated game on Thursday.

• After resting left fielder Carlos Gonzalez on Sunday -- a 2-0 home loss to the Padres -- manager Jim Tracy kept center fielder Dexter Fowler out of the starting lineup on Monday and said that the training staff was treating him for soreness in his left lat. Fowler entered the game late and batted in the eighth, grounding hard into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

Fowler acknowledged that he was being treated but said the muscle problem was minor.

Tracy also said that the Rockies are moving toward sending veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez on an injury rehab assignment. Hernandez hasn't played since May 23 because of a strained left hand.

• Gonzalez has asked for bench coach Tom Runnells to pitch to him during the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby. But Runnells, who missed two games because of a death in his family, hasn't decided if he will travel to Kansas City for the event.