Getting old gets old, requiring patience. The Rockies' 30-somethings at first base — Todd Helton and Jason Giambi — are slowly making progress after dealing with injuries and illness. Helton, who turns 39 on Monday, underwent season-ending surgery to repair his left hip labrum. He's recovering well and plans on playing next season.

"It's kind of what I expected, and I think choosing surgery was the lesser of two evils," the Rockies' veteran first baseman told The Denver Post on Thursday. "Actually, the rehab is going a little quicker than we first anticipated, so that's encouraging."

Giambi, 41, has been dealing with fatigue issues since May and was diagnosed with a viral infection July 24. He had a setback a few weeks ago, but is slowly regaining his strength. He worked out lightly Thursday.

"I have been home resting. I don't have any idea when I will be back, but I am happy to be out there doing stuff again," he said.