In wake of walk-fest, Hellickson logs extra work
In the wake of his forgettable outing Friday in Miami, RHP Jeremy Hellickson said he capitalized on Monday's off day with an extra bullpen session Tuesday. Hellickson starts Thursday against Mets ace Johan Santana, seeking his first win since May 16.
"The (bullpen) in Miami wasn't what I wanted so I threw one (Tuesday) and felt pretty good about it," Hellickson said.
Last Friday, he walked seven in 4 1/3 innings, throwing 108 pitches in a 5-1 win. Two of those were to Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco, marking the first time a pitcher has drawn two walks against the Rays.
"From the very beginning I was all over the place," Hellickson said. "I had no idea where it was going. I was a little gassed; running the bases is a little different. It was just a bad game overall."
Manager Joe Maddon suggested Hellickson's outing was an aberration, saying he "needs to let that last game go."
"This guy's been pitching really well; really, really good," Maddon said. "Fastball, the change-up, curveball. If (the extra bullpen) is a feel thing, I understand that. But up until that game I thought he had been pitching as well as anyone on the staff."
Joey Knight, Times staff writer