Jun 30, 2012

Hellickson leaves game

by Aaron Giddens

The injury bug continues to plague the Rays. Hellickson, who is fresh of the DL, was struck by a line drive off the bat of Fielder on the right shin. Hellickson was look at by the trainers but it was ultimately decided to play it safe and Hellickson was taken out of the game after 2.2 IP and 40 pitches thrown. J.P. Howell replaced him.

Not good news for the already ailing Rays.

[UPDATE, 8:35pm ET]: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that X-Rays were negative on Helly's shin. It's been diagnosed as a bruise.

This would be the best case scenario right now. We'll see how he handles his next start Thursday on the road in Cleveland.

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