Helton expected to be ready for spring training
The team said surgeons removed material from the elbow, which Helton injured last week during a workout. He bats left-handed.
General manager Dan O'Dowd called it a "minor proecedure" and said Helton was expected to miss only about two weeks.
Helton, 32, batted .320 with 20 home runs and 79 RBI in 144 games last season.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
MORE MLB HEADLINES
- Source: Tigers' Iglesias to sit out until break
- D-backs' Corbin exits start with tight forearm
- Orioles 3B Machado (knee) suffers setback
- Rivera honored, but Yanks no-hit in Panama
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
- Nike Men's Colorado Rockies Logo Black T-Shirt