We guess this counts as news…When asked if Jeremy Hellickson could be used in the bullpen at some point this season, Joe Maddon said maybe

“Out of the bullpen, that’s a possibility, and I would not be opposed to that at all. But eventually he’s going to be one of the starters, there is no doubt. To get a taste, I think he could do it, and it would serve him well, and us.”

In 20 starts, Hellickson is 12-3 with a 2.51 ERA (2.78 FIP). He has 119 strikeouts and 35 walks (3.4 K/BB ratio) in 114.2 innings. He has struggled a bit with his control recently, walking at least 4 (13 total) in each of his last three starts. And in his last 9 starts his strikeout-to-walk ratio is only 2.3 (52 Ks, 23 walks).

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  1. Rome says:

    I think Hellboy will get one start, maybe two but will be used very little out of the pen. He may get into two or three games but, he would be used the same way Price was used. He doesn't have the stuff. Now, it wouldn't surprise me if McGee is used as a lefty w/ a power fastball. Torres would be another option w/ this groundball ratios.

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  2. John S says:

    Hellboy could be a long reliever and a spot starter to help limit innings for our starters!

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  3. Carey says:

    Do not see how Hellboy in the pen (long relief, spot starts) could not be an improvement over Cormier.

    Also, since innings pitched is a major factor for the Rays, wouldn't moving him to the MLB pen be an ideal way to "dial him back" a bit?

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  4. John S says:

    Yeah and he has never gone more than 143 innings and he is at 104 or something along those lines..
    I thought I saw something like that

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