Sep 12, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) reacts after he gave up a solo home to Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) during the fourth inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

BREAKING: Jeremy Hellickson has elbow surgery

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has some bad news for Tampa Bay Rays fans.

Right handed starter Jeremy Hellickson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his elbow last week. He is rumored to be out at least 6-8 weeks after having some ‘loose bodies’ removed from his elbow. After having settled his arbitration case with Tampa Bay at $3.65 million, Hellickson was reportedly working out as recently as two weeks ago and told Topkin he was feeling good.

But something flared up when he was throwing, the Rays had him [come] to St. Petersburg and [Dr. Koco] Eaton did the surgery last week.

Hellickson was coming off of a down year, going 12-10 with an abnormally high 5.17 ERA. The year prior, he had gone 10-11 with a 3.10 ERA, and in 2011, he went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA. The Rays have depth at the starter position however, and could use Jake Odorizzi until Hellickson gets back. The idea of pursuing a low-end free agent starter could also come to fruition, and the deferment of salary to Grant Balfour becomes more important now.

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