Expect Hellickson to Go Down

No matter what Jeremy Hellickson does tonight in his fourth Major League start, expect to see the right-hander make a return trip to Triple-A Durham afterward.

With Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis set to return from the disabled list, the Rays won’t have a spot for Hellickson in the rotation and they are reluctant to put him in the bullpen since he has not pitched there before. They also are monitoring the number of innings he throws.

Will Hellickson be back in September? Probably. But I don’t expect him to be pitching out of the bullpen if the Rays make the playoffs either.

–Bill Chastain

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