Todd Helton needs knee surgery after having hip surgery

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Todd Helton, who already underwent hip surgery in August, will have left knee surgery today to repair a torn meniscus, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

Saunders writes that the surgery “is not considered major” and Helton is expected to be ready for spring training, but at age 39 and coming off a season in which he played just 69 games his health is obviously a huge question mark.

Helton is owed $5 million in the final season of his contract and has played 16 seasons for the Rockies, but hit just .238 with seven homers and a .743 OPS when in the lineup this year. At this point he seems likely to be a part-time player in 2013.