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Burnett, Helton to the d.l.

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A couple of notables went on the disabled list yesterday...

The weird one is Todd Helton, who was placed on the d.l. because of a mystery disease:

One day after complaining of stomach pain, Todd Helton, the toughest player in Rockies history, landed on the 15-day disabled list with an undiagnosed illness. Doctors were running a battery of tests on Helton at Rose Medical Center.

Uncertainty and concern gripped the team.

"He's a very sick, sick individual right now," said Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd, who visited Helton on Saturday, the first baseman's second consecutive night in the hospital. "Our focus is on Todd and his family. We want him to get better."

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At first the team believed Helton had caught the bug going around the clubhouse. Scott Dohmann (upper respiratory problems) and Eli Marrero and Garrett Atkins (viral infections) have missed time with illnesses. Dugger, however, said Helton's illness was not related.

Doctors are trying to rule out everything from kidney stones to Crohn's disease, a chronic digestive disorder that causes painful inflammation of the digestive tract, to ulcerative colitis.

Weird, and scary, stuff there. Hopefully, they figure out what is going on with Todd Helton, and he'll be able to return to the field soon.

A.J. Burnett, meanwhile, is back on the disabled list with elbow problems. Shocking news, I know...