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Hellickson okay after benig hit on head by ball, taken to hospital



UPDATE, 3:56: The Rays say Hellickson is okay after undergoing a battery of tests, will have some follow-up tests on Thursday.UPDATE, 12:49: Obviously early to speculate, but Hellickson's next start is Saturday. And Maddon said he'd use Davis in relief today is needed. So that could mean a call-up if Hellickson can't go, though Cobb pitched Tuesday and Torres today. Chris Archer? Or only use Davis sparingly and then hold him back Thursday and Friday?

UPDATE, 12:36: Not confirmed, but according to Tigers person the ball that struck Hellickson was hit by former Ray Delmon Young.

UPDATE, 12:30: Pitching coach Jim Hickey said Hellickson went down after being hit, not from the force of the ball, and that the ball struck the bill of his cap, which should have deflected some of the force. Hellickson was two pitches from the end of his session.

Hickey said there were two contributing factors to the unusual incident: 1) The Rays normally wouldn't throw bullpen sessions during batting practice but have little choice with both teams hitting before a day game, and 2) that the Tigers do not put up screens to protect pitchers in the bullpen, as they do in some other stadiums.

Hickey also said he thought Hellickson would be okay. "He could have walked off, he was coherent, he never lost consciousness,'' he said.

UPDATE, 12:27: Hellickson was taken to Harper Hospital, and the Rays say there is no update yet.

UPDATE, 12:02: Bullpen coach Stan Boroski said Hellickson had just thrown a pitch, that several Tigers yelled "Heads up," but as soon as Helickson turned he was hit, on the left side of the head just above the eye, and "went down."
Hellickson was able to answer the paramedics' questions with no problem.

There are no screens at Comerica Park protecting the bullpens.
: Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was hit on the head by a home run during the Tigers batting practice and taken to a hospital.
Manager Joe Maddon said Hellickson was not bleeding and did not lose consciousness and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Maddon said he thinks Hellickson will be okay.
Hellickson was throwing his between starts bullpen before today's game when he went down, with trainers and paramedics racing to his aid.

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