Hellickson capped off his struggles this spring by getting hammered by the Detroit Tigers in an 8-3 loss on Friday afternoon. In three innings of work, Hellickson gave up eight runs, six of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks. He also gave up home runs to Prince Fielder, Alex Avila and Omar Infante in his time on the mound. This outing brought his Grapefruit League ERA to 6.75, yet Maddon is looking at more than his performance.
“He’s healthy, he’s fine and that’s all that matters,” Maddon said. “He’ll be ready when it comes time to make his first start.”
The Rays got all three of their runs in the eighth. Sam Fuld hit a two run home run off octovio Dotel, and James Harris Jr had an RBI single later in the inning, as the Rays got four of the six hits they had all game off Dotel in the inning.
Max Scherzer started for the Tigers and dominated the Rays lineup, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out nine batters in his six innings of work.
The Rays finish up their Grapefruit League season later today, facing off against the Tigers once again before they head to Tampa.