By Keith Allison via Wikimedia CommonsMarc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets about the latest development in the right-hander's rehab:
Big day for #Rays Hellickson, who gets to throw for first time six weeks after elbow surgery. Eyeing a late May return to rotation.The 2011 American League Rookie of the Year posted the second winning record of his career in 2013 (12-10), but struggled to a 5.17 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. He also struck out 135 hitters in 174 innings of work.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 12, 2014
When Hellickson went under the knife, the procedure wasn't expected to be serious, as there were loose bodies that needed to be cleaned out of his elbow. So far, he hasn't experienced any major setbacks, and is still on track to return by the end of May.
While Tampa waits for him to get back into the rotation, manager Joe Maddon still has a deep starting staff in David Price and Alex Cobb, along with youngsters Matt Moore, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi.
A client of Scott Boras, Hellickson agreed to a one-year, $3.63 million contract with the Rays for 2014.
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