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Jeremy Hellickson out until May after elbow surgery

By on 2/03/2014 02:30:00 PM

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According to Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times Jeremy Hellickson had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last week and is expected to be sidelined until May.

The 26-year old right-hander had a rough 2013 season finishing with a 5.17 ERA with a 12-10 record. He had loose ‘bodies’ removed from his elbow in what is considered a minor procedure and will be missed 6-8 weeks of the season.

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Hellickson told Topkin, "Everything was going good. I think right at beginning of my throwing program I felt just a little discomfort but nothing too bad so I just kept throwing. It'd feel good for a week and then it would go back to feeling irritated and not comfortable. Then I just kind of wanted to wait until I got on the mound to see how it felt. I threw my first bullpen and it felt good, then I got on the mound three days later and I couldn't even really straighten out my arm, it was kind of locked up. I threw about 10-15 pitches that bullpen, and came away with it just didn't feel good at all, not comfortable."

Just on January 17, Hellickson and the Rays came to an agreement of $3.65 million and said he was ready for spring training while stating he was going to get down to Florida a week early. But just last week he was throwing and his elbow flared up and the Rays immediately had him go down to St. Petersburg for surgery.

By not trading David Price the Rays can brag about having one of the best rotations in the league. Topkin said that Jake Odorizzi was the likely candidate to replace Hellickson for the first couple of months to join Price, Matt Moore, Alex Cobb and Chris Archer. Last week there was interest in A.J. Burnett to replace Hellickson, but it seems the Rays are already over their budget.


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