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Jeremy Hellickson “felt great” throwing for the first time after surgery

Mar 12, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

Jeremy Hellickson AP

Jeremy Hellickson made 25 throws from flat ground today for his first action since undergoing elbow surgery in January and afterward the Rays right-hander told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that “it felt really good.”

At the time of the surgery to remove “loose bodies” from his elbow Hellickson was expected to be out until May, but today he called late May a “best-case scenario” while focusing on June 1 as the new target date.

Hellickson won the Rookie of the Year award in 2011 and followed that up with a very good 2012 season, but then struggled last year with a 5.27 ERA that got him yanked from the Rays’ rotation.

  1. raysfan1 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Good news, hope Hell-Boy recovers fully and comes back strong.

  2. nymets4ever - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Why did you put “felt great” in quotes when he actually said “felt really good”?

  3. spudchukar - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    If Hellickson continues to progress, look for the Rays to make a deal with the Mariners for Franklin.

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