Sensing it could be the last for Helton, 39, who saw his 2012 season end in August with surgery on his right hip before he also underwent a left knee procedure during the offseason, manager Walt Weiss prevailed upon Helton to savor the season.
"I told him, 'You might go out and hit .320 and want to play for another three or four more years.' And the way he was swinging the bat [in Spring Training], that might happen," Weiss said. "But he might not, too. So I just told him to keep that perspective. When you go out here, smell the hot dogs and just take it all in, if this is his last one. It's been a really special career."