Video: Rays' Hellickson on spring debut
Tampa Bay Rays righthander Jeremy Hellickson said it was a little "different" to come out of the bullpen for his spring debut Wednesday against the Pirates.
But Hellickson was happy with how it went, getting out of a jam in the second and retiring two hitters in the third inning, allowing no runs over 1 2/3 innings. He threw 34 pitches, 22 for strikes, allowing three hits and striking out two.
"I felt good," Hellickson said. "The ball was coming out of my hand good. I couldn't ask for anything else."
Hellickson said he didn't think he'd come out for a second inning after laboring a little in the first one, putting runners on first and third with one out, before striking out the next two hitters.
"They asked if I felt good, if I wanted to go for another one, I said, 'Yeah,'" Hellickson said. "I didn't think I was going out there after the first inning, but I felt good."