Is something wrong with Jeremy Hellickson? The answer to that question is officially yes. According to Andrew Astleford of Fox Sports Florida, the Rays have demoted Hellickson to High-A Charlotte, calling up lefty Jeff Beliveau to replace him on the roster for the time being. Hellickson may or may not appear in a game for the Stone Crabs, but the primary purpose of his time there will be to simply rest and recharge his batteries hoping that whatever he is going through is something he can get by if he can just get away from it all for a few days. Hellickson should miss miss one or two starts (Jake Odorizzi is likely to replace him for Saturday’s game), and the Rays have to hope he will be back to normal when he comes back. Hellickson’s struggles this season reached a tiping point, and the Rays had to make the best decision for Hellickson and the overall well-being of their franchise. The Rays have surely told Hellickson that he isn’t getting demoted because they don’t believe his abilities but simply because he needs a break and they have to give it to him in this way. Jeremy Hellickson has basically never experienced failure before in his career, not posting an ERA over 3.10 in any season in the minors or majors before this. Now it has happened, and Hellickson has to figure out a way to get past it and return to being an excellent starting pitching.
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