Earlier today we predicted that Jeremy Hellickson would be out of the rotation. However, instead of a trip to the DL, the Rays demoted Hellickson to the Charlotte Stone Crabs in single-A and recalledĀ Jeff Beliveau from Durham.
Ultimately, there is little difference between the demotion and a trip to the DL as the move is strictly procedural.Ā According to Marc Topkin,Ā the Rays do not plan to have Hellickson pitch for the Stone Crabs. If Hellickson had been placed on the DL, he wouldn’t have been able to return for 15 days. By demoting Hellickson, the Rays get the same benefit and can recall him in less than two weeks if they deem he is ready.
Joe Maddon seemed to confirm what many of us were thinking. That is, Hellickson is just not in a good place mentally and needs a break…
“Just primarily to give him a little bit of a rest,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s well physically; we just thought giving him a little bit of a break would be very important right now. Obviously the more recent performances have not been great. And the fact that he is not injured, we felt the next best thing was to give him a little bit of a break.”
So it would appear that Roberto Hernandez’ spot in the rotation is safe…for now.