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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rays Injury Update: Jerry Sands, Jeremy Hellickson

By on 6/24/2014 01:45:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday by the score of 8-1. The loss dropped the Rays to a Major League worst 31-47 on the season. Alex Cobb allowed six runs in five innings to take the loss. James Loney went 2-for-4 and drove in the only run for the Rays. On the injury front, the Rays will be without Jerry Sands for a few weeks with a wrist injury, while pitcher Jeremy Hellickson may be ready to return on Friday.

As reported by Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times, Sands is expected to miss at least three weeks with a strained tendon in his left wrist. The injury occurred sometime during Sunday's game and felt something in his wrist after the last swing.  Sands has his arm in a splint and hopes is that surgery will not be needed.
"Obviously at this point in time in the season, we're going to try to rest it and see if it heals on its own."
Sands played parts of 2011 and 2012 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and did not play in the Major Leagues last season. In 12 games this season, Sands is 4-for-21 with a home run and four RBI. He's a career .240 hitter with five home runs and 31 RBI.

As for Hellickson, who has been recovering from an elbow injury, he made a third rehab start for Durham and manager Joe Maddon said that Hellickson is healthy. Although Hellickson allowed 12 earned runs and 26 hits in just 10 innings of work, he may be ready in time to pitch Friday against the Orioles. The team hasn't decided if Hellickson will be activated or need another rehab start.

Hellickson was drafted by the Rays in the fourth round in 2005.   He made his Major League debut in 2010 and went 4-0 with a 3.47 ERA in 10 games.  He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2011 when he went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA.  In 32 games last season, Hellickson went 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA.  He has a career record of 39-31 with a 3.70 ERA

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