Todd Helton 'unlikely' to come off disabled list when eligible

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Todd Helton is “unlikely” to return from the disabled list when eligible next Tuesday.
Colorado has gone with a platoon of Jason Giambi and Brad Eldred at first base since placing Helton on the DL last week due to back soreness and a strained hamstring. Giambi has started all five games against a right-handed pitcher, with Eldred getting the nod in all three games against a left-handed pitcher since his call-up from Triple-A.
Helton hit just .246/.336/.310 with two homers in 69 games before being shut down, so while the downgrade defensively is substantial the Rockies certainly don’t lose much offensively. Among the 29 first basemen with at least 200 plate appearances this season Helton ranks dead last with a .646 OPS.

See David Ortiz reenact “Fever Pitch” and “Good Will Hunting”

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This is a commercial for a contest basically. It’s run by something called Omaze, and the contest gives you the chance to go see David Ortiz’s number retirement ceremony at Fenway Park.

But even if you don’t care about that, it’s worth a watch because it shows Big Papi reenacting scenes from famous Boston movies like “Fever Pitch,” “Good Will Hunting” and “The Town.”

Lost opportunity here to not include “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” which is the best Boston movie of all time, but no one asked me.

Adrian Beltre cleared for extended spring training

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Adrian Beltre has been on the disabled list all year because of nagging right calf strain, but he’s about to take a big step toward getting back to action.

Beltre has been cleared to begin playing in extended spring training games. He’ll commence them tomorrow at the Rangers facility in Surprise, Arizona. After three games the team’s doctors will reevaluate him. If things go well, he’ll likely be sent off for a full minor league rehab assignment.

Joey Gallo has filled in for Beltre all season, bringing a lot of power but not much else to the table. While Beltre is 38, his all-around game would be welcomed back on the field and his leadership would be welcomed back in the Rangers clubhouse. On a personal note, Beltre is only 58 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

Barring a setback, he’ll be back with the big club in early June and will hit the milestone eventually.