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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Rays Injury Updates: Jeremy Hellickson, Ryan Hanigan

By on 6/08/2014 10:15:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are having a season to forget.  They have the worst record in baseball at 24-39, have lost ten of their past eleven and seem destined for a sell-off of talent as the trade deadline approaches.  They've been very un-Rays like this season, sitting 21st this season with a 4.23 starter's ERA.  They've also suffered from behind the plate as of late.  Both areas will get help soon though as rehab assignments began yesterday for two of their key players.

Jeremy Hellickson
Hellickson has been out all season, recovering from off-season elbow surgery.  He's been slow in his progress, with his original target return date being the end of May.  He made his first rehab start last night for the single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs.  From Bill Chastain of
"He allowed no runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two in three innings. He threw 38 pitches, 25 for strikes.  Once he left the game, he threw 10 additional pitches in the bullpen before calling it a night."
Hellickson is scheduled to make at least two more rehab starts before he will re-join the Rays rotation.  The Rays will want to make sure he's stretched out before he joins the big league rotation.  They likely won't rush him back if he's not ready, so an additional fourth rehab start could be made if it's needed.  His earliest return date is June 22nd.  Last season, Hellickson made thirty-one starts, going 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA.

Ryan Hanigan
Hanigan hit the DL at the end of May with a hamstring injury.  He started a rehab assignment last night alongside Hellickson for the Charlotte Stone Crabs.  Bill Chastain updates:
"In addition to catching Hellickson, Hanigan hit a two-run homer in his second at-bat. Of note, Hanigan said he feels ready to come off the DL."
Hanigan can not come off the DL until Tuesday.  It's expected he'll be ready to go at that time.  The Rays have been awful at catcher this season when Hanigan hasn't been the one playing.  When he's not the catcher, the Rays have been 12-for-93 (.129) with less defense to boot.  Hanigan is hitting .220 this season with five doubles, three home runs & twenty-two RBI.  Expect Hanigan to continue playing in rehab games today & tomorrow.

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