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Raffy's Notebook: Nelson Taken To Hospital; Nicasio done for the year, Helton taking BP

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Colorado Rockies Infielder Chris Nelson was admitted today to a local hospital with irregular heartbeat, the club announced today on its official Twitter account.

Nelson has undergone tests to see the causes, and no further information is currently available.

The 26-year-old infielder is batting .256, with 43 hits, 9 doubles, a triple, 5 homers and 23 RBI in 168 at-bats.

Nelson will remain hospitalized throughout Monday morning. The Rockies will update on Nelson's condition as more information is available.

Nicasio Done For The Season

Juan NIcasio was impatient Sunday morning. All he talked about was the need for him to get back on the mound.

Sadly, things will not turn out that way.

The 25-year-old Dominican righty will remain out for the season after he had a surgery in which four chips off his left leg were removed. These chips prevented fluids from flowing, which is essential for full recovery in his strained knee.

The surgery was performed Monday.

Nicasio has been on the 15-day Disabled List since June 3. Before that, Nicasio had a 2-3 record, with a 5.28 ERA, allowing 34 earned runs and 72 hits in 58.0 innings, fanning 44.

It has been tough for NIcasio. After facing a life-threatening situation on the mound last August, he went back to pitch for Colorado on May 22, against the Miami Marlins. Afterwards, he appeared on 11 games as a starter until he strained his knee.

Helton Takes BP at Coors

Todd Helton has been on the 15-day DL since Friday with a left hip inflammation. He decided to wait for things to improve but has always mantained he would only need a short period of time in order to improve.

A sign of improvement was seeing the 38-year-old veteran taking batting practice Monday afternoon at Coors Field.

Helton had the choice of surgery, but he preferred to have it healed so he could return sooner.

"If I stay on top of it and if I keep it injected, I'll make it through the end of the season," Helton said.