It’s banged up, 39-years-old and coming off its 15th year of MLB wear-and-tear.
Friday, Helton will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, so he can return to the Rockies in 2013 for the final year of his contract.
According to the Denver Post, the surgery is for a torn meniscus, which is the cartilage that stabilizes and pillows the knee joint.
The three-time Gold Glove first baseman played in only 69 games due to injuries, including a torn hip labrum that ended his season on Aug. 10. On the field in 2012, he hit a declining .238 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs. Not the stats the .320 lifetime hitter is accustomed to.
His future is uncertain at this point.
“I think, physically, I will be able to come back,” Helton told the Post in September. “So I plan on coming back, but there are a couple of things still on my mind. I want to know I have a good chance to make it through next year — healthy. That will factor into it.”
Helton is due to make $5 million if he returns.