• Closer Rafael Betancourt, who said he wants to space out his appearances between now and Opening Day, was added to the pitching schedule for Wednesday's game against the Padres. He originally was not going to pitch in the first week of Cactus League games. Betancourt is past the point of throwing bullpen sessions and is facing hitters. Betancourt still wants to build slowly for the regular season.
• Weiss said he has had a one-on-one meeting with almost every one of the Rockies since arriving in Scottsdale. He was especially heartened after meeting with Todd Helton, his teammate back when Helton debuted in 1997. The two discussed the fact Helton, 39 and coming off hip surgery, will need frequent days off, but the goal is to keep Helton effective -- not ease him into retirement. "I'm expecting him to be a very productive part of our lineup, and he knows he's going to need a break every now and then, maybe even more so than he has in the past," Weiss said.
Weiss said he hasn't settled on a batting order slot for Helton.
"We'll mess around with that this spring, the five, six and seven," Weiss said. "That's probably going to float a little bit."