"I think, physically, I will be able to come back," Helton said Tuesday. "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 noted that there are "a lot of factors" that will play into his decision on whether or not to return next season with the Rockies.
The 39-year-old had his 2012 campaign cut short due to injury, as he underwent season-ending surgery on a torn labrum in August. Over 240 at-bats this year he hit .238/.343/.400 with 16 doubles and seven home runs.
Because of his age, injury and 2012 performance, many thought this could be Helton’s final season. While he realizes he likely won’t be able to play in 150 games for the Rockies in 2013, he does want to be more than a part-time or role player, according to Saunders.
Helton has spent his entire 16-year career with the Rockies. Over that span he’s hit a combined .320/.419/.545 with 354 home runs.