Hellickson arrives in Detroit, says he's starting Tuesday
Top RHP prospect Jeremy Hellickson arrived in the Rays clubhouse, saying he's going to start Tuesday against the Tigers.
That means that either RHP Jeff Niemann or RHP Wade Davis may be going to the disabled list; they were sent back to St. Petersburg to get examined by Dr. Koco Eaton after experiencing shoulder soreness. The Rays haven't announced anything yet, but we'll likely get an update soon. Davis was scheduled to start Tuesday, Niemann is slated to go Saturday.
Hellickson, who made his impressive big league debut last Monday against the Twins (giving up two earned runs over seven innings), was held out of his scheduled start yesterday in Durham. Hellickson said he was told before Sunday's game he'd be coming up, and said while it's not the way he'd want to return (with injuries to either Davis or Niemann), he's still excited.
"The traveling has been tough, but I'm here," Hellickson said. "So I'm happy."
Hellickson said having already gone through the emotional - and nerve-wrecking - experience of his debut last Monday will help him going into Tuesday's outing against the Tigers.
"I think it means a lot," Hellickson said. "It was probably the most nervous I was last time the day before (my start). I really don’t feel like that again. So getting that one under my belt probably helped a lot."
-- JOE SMITH