Jeremy Hellickson was hit in the head today before the Tampa Bay Rays game vs. the Detroit Tigers. Hellickson was taken to a local hospital after the incident.
According to Sports Illustrated, Hellickson was throwing a bullpen session at Comreica Park. The Tigers were having a batting session and one of the players hit one over the outfield fence. Several players yelled “heads up” but Hellickson was hit in the head.
Rays bullpen coach Stan Boroski told MLB.com:
“I don’t think anybody (in the bullpen) saw it. (Some outfielders) yelled, ‘Hey, heads up! Heads up!’ Just as Hellickson was turning to see (what was happening) it hit him.”
Manager Joe Maddon said:
“A ball got him during (batting practice) in the side of the head. That’s all I got right now.”
Maddon said that Hellickson wasn’t bleeding and didn’t lose consciousness.
The Detroit Free Press reports that in Hellickson’s first start of the season, he allowed just three hits in 8.2 innings. Last season the 25-year-old pitcher went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA and won the American League Rookie of the Year award.