Hellickson (right shin bruise) confident he'll make next start

Rays righthander Jeremy Hellickson tested his bruised right shin in his typical between-starts bullpen session Monday afternoon, saying he felt good and expects to make his next start Thursday in Cleveland.

Hellickson threw about 40 pitches, saying the injury didn't effect the way he threw.

"It went good," Hellickson said. "It's still a little sore, but it's tolerable, and I threw my bullpen just fine."

Hellickson had been pulled from Saturday's start in the third inning after getting struck with a line drive by Tigers 1B Prince Fielder. Hellickson feels lucky it didn't strike a bone, as x-rays were negative, and it's felt better each day.

"It's night and day (better) today than compared to yesterday," Hellickson said. "Hopefully, tommorrow it'll be even better."

Manager Joe Maddon said he'll wait to hear from head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield before saying for sure that Hellickson will start Thursday, but all signs are encouraging so far.
 

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:39am]

    

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