• Todd Helton laced a ground-rule double down the left-field line and over the fence for his first hit of the Cactus Season, toying with Feldman as he ripped foul after foul into the right field seats then went the other way to plate the game's first run.
"It was vintage Todd Helton," Weiss said. "Foul off a bunch of pitches then shoots one down the left-field line for a double. The guy tried to lock him a couple times with a fastball in and Todd turned on it and took his 'A' swing and pulled it foul. He's got such great plate coverage, he always has. He's got the pitcher right where he wants him in those situations. It's like a cat-and-mouse game, and he usually wins those."
• Christian Friedrich, the Rockies No. 1 Draft pick in 2008, pitched his third bullpen of the spring Tuesday as he works his way back from a stress fracture in his back that cut his '12 debut season in the big leagues short. He was scheduled to throw 50 pitches, with a five-minute rest after the first 25 to get him acclimated to sitting between innings.
"They said I might be involved in [Friday's simulated game]," Friedrich said. "We're not rushing it. I want to see hitters as fast as possible, but we want to make sure another important part is getting stiff after sitting down.
"The arm's been healthy the whole time. It's just making sure we're taking it step-by-step, which is good and cautious, but my patience is tested."
• Wilin Rosario launched his first home run of the Cactus League over the left-center-field fence Tuesday, but he was at least as impressive behind the plate, working a good game that drew notice from both Weiss and Francis, who commended their chemistry as battery mates.
"It's a crucial part of the game for a catcher, and it's been a point of emphasis for us, not only for Wilin but for any pitcher and any catcher that's out there for us," Weiss said of Rosario's game-calling. "To see a veteran like Jeff working as quickly as he did, there's something to be said for what fingers Wilin's putting down."
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.