The Tampa Bay Rays sent pitcher Jeremy Hellickson to the minors on Tuesday. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, he has been sent to Charlotte, which is Tampa Bay’s High-A team.
Hellickson was excellent in 2012. In 31 starts, he pitched 177 innings, had a record of 10-11 and posted an ERA of 3.10. Don’t let the record fool you, Hellickson was fantastic (and pitched very well in 2011 in 29 games and in 2010 in 10 games).
Part of the reason the Rays parted ways with pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis in the offseason was because of Hellickson’s success. Both pitchers were dealt to Kansas City for two prospects, Jake Odorizzi and Wil Myers. Myers has had a great rookie season (.296/.350/.463, nine home runs, 39 RBI).
Despite Myers’ success, not everything has gone to plan. Hellickson has been a disaster this season, especially in August. In five starts this month, he has a 9.15 ERA. On the season, Hellickson is 10-8, but has an ERA of 5.21.
To replace Hellickson on the roster, pitcher Jeff Beliveau was recalled from Triple-A Durham. The 26-year old Beliveau is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in his career in 22 games, all with the Chicago Cubs.