Todd Helton has never been part-time anything. He has been a star since he first pulled on a pair of cleats. He's an indefatigable worker who rolled up his sleeves and carved his face into Colorado's Mount Rushmore of sports.

But the respected grizzly bear has become the elephant in the room. The uncomfortable truth is that Helton's abilities have declined this season, and Tyler Colvin, who homered again in the series opener against the Cardinals, needs playing time.