Our own Evan Petzold reported on June 29 that Hellickson was scheduled to throw a bullpen session in Triple-A Durham. There was not a huge concern over his rehab since he was experiencing only minor discomfort.
As reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Hellickson was greatly improved in his most recent rehab start on Thursday. In 5 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham, Hellickson allowed only two runs, seven hits, struck out four and walked two. Of his 86 pitches, 55 were for strikes. Manager Joe Maddon was satisfied with Hellickson in what was likely his last rehab start. Expect Hellickson to return to the Rays after his 30 day rehab assignment is over on Sunday.
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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