Todd Helton is driving his teammates nuts on the bench. He even took to sweeping the dugout in Arizona to pass the time. Yeah, he’s ready to return to the roster. He continued making progress Wednesday, taking batting practice on the field.

Without any setbacks, he will be activated Sunday along with pitcher Jhoulys Chacin.

“Todd is too old to go out on a rehab assignment,” said manager Walt Weiss.

The Rockies have faced a string of left-handers so Helton would have sat in some of those games anyway.
Chacin, out with back spasms, will join the Rockies Friday and return to the rotation Sunday in the series finale against the Rays.

Troy Tulowitzki is back after missing the previous two-plus games with a strained left shoulder cuff. Once he was able to show he could finish his swing, he was cleared to go.

The Rockies also acquired outfielder Jose Monzon, an organization filler, as the player to be named later in the Wilton Lopez-Alex White deal in December. White has been sidelined by an elbow problem. Lopez, after a poor start, has pitched better of late with three straight scoreless outings. Monzon will report to extended spring training.