May 7, 2013
Rockies' veteran Todd Helton gets probation for DUI
By QMI Agency

Rockies first baseman Todd Helton pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and was sentenced to 24 hours community service and one year probation. (Rick Wilking/Reuters/Files)

Colorado Rockies veteran Todd Helton pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving while impaired and was sentenced to 24 hours community service and one year probation in addition to a fine of $400.

The first baseman was arrested for the incident Feb. 6.

"Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization," the team said three months ago. "The man we have grown to know has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation."

The 39-year-old was activated from the disabled list Monday and has played in 13 games this season, batting .267 with one home run and 10 RBIs in 14 games.

Helton is the Rockies' all-time leader in games (2,136), at bats (7,606), runs (1,363), hits (2,431), doubles (573), home runs (355), RBIs (1,355) and walks (1,299).

PIRATES PITCHER GOES ON DL


Instead of pitching in Tuesday night's game against the Seattle Mariners, James McDonald went straight to the disabled list.

The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher had to scrap his interleague start after experiencing discomfort in his pitching shoulder.

"James made us aware this afternoon he would not be able to make the start tonight," said general manager Neal Huntington. "He came forward and said he's been having some discomfort in his shoulder. He saw the doctor, there's been an evaluation, and we'll see tomorrow where we take it from here."

McDonald has struggled through his first six starts, going 2-2 with a 5.76 earned-run average.

Catcher Russell Martin of East York, Ont., was also scratched from the game, complaining of neck stiffness.

TAZAWA TO CLOSE FOR RED SOX

Japanese pitcher Junichi Tazawa has been promoted to the closer role with the Boston Red Sox after Joel Hanrahan landed back on the 15-day disabled list.

Red Sox manager John Farrell says he will keep Koji Uehara as the team's eight-inning set-up man, although he could get save opportunities too.

Hanrahan, acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the offseason, suffered a strained right forearm and needs a second stint on the DL.

Red Sox pitchers are taking a beating this season as Andrew Bailey was placed on the DL Monday.

Right-handed starter Allen Webster replaced Hanrahan on the 25-man roster Tuesday.

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