Back in early January 2014, the Tampa Bay Rays right handed starting pitcher, Jeremy Hellickson, had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. Earlier in the season, it was predicted that he would be back on the team around mid to late June.
Since the initial prediction, it looks like Hellickson will back with the team hopefully in time for the double header on June 27 in Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles. After his first rehab start with the Tampa Bay Rays organization’s High A team, Port Charlotte Stone Crabs, he had 38 pitches, 25 of them being strikes. After that, he expressed that he felt amazing after the rehab start. However, his next rehab start, which was with the Tampa Bay Rays organization’s Triple A Team, The Durham Bulls, didn’t end the way he wanted to. After a scoreless first inning, Hellickson ended up increasing his pitch total to 55, but he ended up allowing four earned runs, six hits, and two wild pitches. Currently, look like Hellickson will have one more rehab start before he comes back on the team.
Once Hellickson comes back, its likely that the Rays will have to send another starter down to Durham. It looks like Erik Bedard will be sent down, as he was signed onto a minor league contract at the beginning of the season. However, it is possible that the Rays will decide to go to a 6-man rotation, as all of there starters have been dealing lately. Another option they may do is put Bedard in the bullpen to make room for Hellickson in the rotation. We’ll just have to wait and see.