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Hellickson struck by ball, leaves game, has bruised shin



UPDATE, 12:00: Maddon said Hellickson was "fine" and is expected to make his next start, which would be Thursday in Cleveland. Hellickson said he hoped that to be the case, but would have to see how it felt in the next couple days.

UPDATE, 8:33: X-rays were negative and Hellickson has a bruised right shin, the Rays said.

BREAKING: Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson was forced to leave Saturday's game in the third inning after being struck on the right leg by a ball hit by a Prince Fielder line drive.

Hellickson was attended to by the Rays staff, got back up and made three warm-up tosses but after conversation with manager Joe Maddon and head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield walked off the mound and to the dugout. Hellickson was just reinstated from the DL after sitting out 15 days due to shoulder fatigue.

LHP J.P. Howell replaced him.

Hellickson was facing Prince Fielder with the bases loaded; the ball caromed off Hellickson's leg toward first base, where Carlos Pena got the out, though as a run scored.

This was the second straight night the Rays starter left due to injury - LHP David Price came out after warming up for the eighth on Friday with back tightness.

It is also the second time this season a Rays starter had to leave after being struck on the leg by a batted ball - Jeff Niemann sustained a broken leg on May 14 in Toronto.

Hellickson has not had good experience with the Tigers this season - while throwing a between starts bullpen on April 11 in Detroit he was struck on the head by a batting practice fly ball hit by Detroit's Delmon Young.




[Last modified: Monday, July 30, 2012 12:39am]


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