Hellickson, Jennings, Torres sent down
UPDATE, 4:09: Manager Joe Maddon was impressed with what Hellickson did and how he did it: “I like him a lot. Now that I’ve had a chance to see him and get to know him a little bit, he’s got the right makeup to do it also.”
UPDATE, 2:20: Hellickson wasn't necessarily surprised by the move, but maybe the timing: "It wasn't too big of a shock, maybe just a little bit because of the way I threw, but I knew it was coming sometime. No one wants that call into the office to get told you're getting sent back down. I'll just come here and do the same thing I was doing up there hopefully.
UPDATE, 1:58: Hellickson pitched in two games, logging 2 2/3 innings against the Yankees and the Orioles, and striking out six, including his last four. Jennings was 3-for-5 in three games in between injuries.
DEVELOPING: The Rays today optioned their top two prospects, RHP Jeremy Hellickson and OF Desmond Jennings, to the minors, along with LHP Alex Torres.
The moves were announced with the team coming off Monday's lone off-day of the spring.
All three made good impressions, especially Hellickson, who is considered a future starter. None of the three were expected to make the big-league team out of spring. Jennings didn't get much chance to make an impression as he was sidelined by a left elbow and then a left wrist injury. Torres, acquired from the Angels in the Scott Kazmir trade, looks promising for the future.