Sometime Sunday, Todd Helton will sit down with reporters at Salt River Fields and discuss his recent arrest for drunken driving.

First-year Rockies manager Walt Weiss and many teammates believe Helton will address the issue, apologize and pledge to learn from his mistake. It's surprising he didn't get out of in front of the cameras sooner, but what he says, not when he says it, is going to resonate more.

After the news conference, there will be lingering questions — about Helton's on-field status. For the first time since his rookie season in 1998, Helton is entering spring training with his manager uncertain how much he will play and where he will hit in the lineup.

"I think that's fair to say. We will sit down and talk," Weiss said after Thursday's workout. "These are some of the things we will discuss one-on-one."

Weiss, make no mistake, is going to put his stamp on this team. That point, hinted at this week, was driven home Thursday. Weiss has been mulling over lineup combinations for months, trying to figure out where the pieces fit best.