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Jeremy Hellickson lands on disabled list with right shoulder fatigue

Jun 19, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

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The Rays just announced that Jeremy Hellickson was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. Chris Archer will be called up from Triple-A Durham to make his major league debut tomorrow night against the Nationals.

Hellickson was knocked around for a career-high eight runs on nine hits (including three home runs) last Thursday against the Mets. The poor outing caused his ERA to jump from 2.65 to 3.45 on the year.

The good news for the Rays is that the situation doesn’t sound all that serious, as Hellickson told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he’s only dealing with “a little fatigue” and doesn’t feel any pain or discomfort in the shoulder. The hope is that he’ll only have to miss two starts.

As for Archer, he was acquired from the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal last January along with Hak-Ju Lee, Robinson Chirinos, Brandon Guyer and Sam Fuld. The 23-year-old right-hander has a 4.81 ERA and 90/45 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level. He has struggled with command at times, averaging 5.2 BB/9 in parts of seven seasons in the minors, but he gets lots of swings and misses with his low-to-mid 90s heat and his slider is considered a plus-pitch.

  1. natstowngreg - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    As Queen sang, “another one bites the dust.” Glad to hear that it doesn’t appear to be too serious.

    I was looking forward to attending tomorrow night’s game and seeing Strasburg vs. Hellickson. Strasburg vs. Archer doesn’t have the same, shall I say, cachet.

  2. skeleteeth - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Who the hell keeps sniping my fantasy rotation??

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