Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Posted Jun 30, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 30, 2012 at 08:36 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, activated from the disabled list this afternoon, left tonight’s game with two out in the third inning after being struck on his right shin by a line drive from Tigers first baseman Price Fielder.
X-rays were negative and the team announced he has a bruised right shin.
Hellickson fell to the turf as the ball ricocheted to first baseman Carlos Peña, who beat Fielder to the bag for the out as a run scored.
Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield ran to the mound and Hellickson sat on the turf while Porterfield checked his shin.
Hellickson took three warm-ups and after a brief discussion with Porterfield and manager Joe Maddon, walked off the field.
This is the second straight game a Rays pitcher left the game because of an injury. David Price left Friday’s start before the eighth inning because of tightness in his lower back.
This is also the second time this season Hellickson has been injured by a batted ball from a Tiger. He was struck on the head by a batted while throwing a bullpen April 11 in Detroit. The Tigers were taking batting practice, and the batter was former Ray Delmon Young.