Rockies' Helton arrested for DUI

The Colorado Rockies announced that veteran first baseman Todd Helton was arrested Wednesday morning for driving under the influence in the Denver suburb of Thornton.

"We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested this morning," the team said in a statement. "This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization. We know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused to himself, his family, the Colorado Rockies organization and to Major League Baseball.

"Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization. The man we have grown to know has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation."

Helton has spent his entire career with the Rockies, beginning in 1997. He is a lifetime .320 hitter with 354 home runs and 1,345 RBI.

The 39-year-old is entering the last year of his contract and possibly his final season in the majors. He enters the 2013 campaign 80 hits shy of 2,500 for his career.