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For starters, Rays at Tigers, with Hellickson on the mound

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Update 6:00 p.m. Manager Joe Maddon said they still haven't decided yet on who will start Saturday, pointing out they have two good options in Andy Sonnanstine or David Price.

With the team's off-day Thursday, Price can pitch on regular rest against the Orioles. Sonnanstine said he feels great after his Sunday start, and would be able to get stretched out past the 5 1/3 innings he threw against the Jays if he was called upon.

*Maddon still feels that the DL stints for RHPs Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis will be minimal, forcing to miss two turns in the rotation, and worst-case scenario, three. He said they may not need to make a rehab start before coming back, with bullpen sessions and a simulated game potential stepping stones to returning.

*In other injury news, 1B Carlos Pena tested his right foot injury by running around the infield and doing agility drills between cones, with Maddon saying it went well. Maddon said there's a good possibility he will be available when he's eligible to come off the DL Monday; if not, shortly thereafter.

Pena did leave the team here to go back to Tampa for the expected birth of his child on Thursday.

Developing: Rays top prospect, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, said he doesn't feel the nerves he had before his big-league debut last week, and is ready to go tonight against the Tigers.

Hellickson, called up Monday to replace injured RHP Wade Davis (right shoulder strain), said he'll have several family members and friends make the drive from Iowa for the game. And he hopes this one will be just as successful as his debut, when he gave up two runs over seven innings against the Twins.

If Hellickson wins tonight, he'll become just the second Ray to win his first two major league starts, joining Joe Kennedy (2001).

The Rays will try to go for a two-game winning streak, facing a right-hander in Max Scherzer who carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning his last time out against Tampa Bay (before ex-Tiger Matt Joyce hit a grand slam).

*In other news on the field, 1B Carlos Pena (right foot) ran around the infield today, played catch and did some agility drills, zig zagging around cones in the Comerica Park outfield. We'll see how he's feeling as he works his way back from the disabled list.

Rays lineup
Jaso c
Zobrist 2b
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Joyce rf
Aybar dh
Johnson 1b
Upton cf
Bartlett ss
Hellickson rhp
 

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

 

 

 

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