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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rays Injury Update: Jeremy Hellickson making good progress

By on 5/22/2014 01:30:00 PM

Jeremy Hellickson has never been a super-star pitcher; however, right now the Tampa Bay Rays can use all the help they can get. Their loss of pitchers due to injury has caused their season to spiral downward. It was announced in February that Jeremy Hellickson would miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in late January. It didn't seem like a huge deal until the Rays also lost Alex Cobb and Matt Moore.

As reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay TimesHellickson will undergo the next step in his recovery from his elbow surgery. He is planning to throw a live batting practice session today. 

Hellickson spoke to Topkin about how pleased he was with his recovery so far:

"I was talking to David (Price) after like the first two or three bullpens, am I going to have to pitch with the soreness the rest of my life or what?" Hellickson said. "Two bullpens later, there's nothing. So that's very encouraging."

Hellickson struggled in 2013, posting a 12-10 record, with a 5.17 ERA and 1.35 WHIP along with 135 strikeouts in 174 innings. When he comes off the disabled list he must produce at a higher rate if the Rays want to contend for the American League East title. Hellickson is hoping to return before the all-star break. Rays fans will be hoping for a speedy recovery.


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