Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson will miss 6-8 weeks after elbow surgery

February 04, 2014 - 4:04 am

Just a few days after he settled his arbitration case with the Rays for $3.67 million, Jeremy Hellickson had arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow. Due to the surgery, the right-handed pitcher will not play for the first 6-8 weeks of the season. Hellickson said his arm "locked up" while he did his second bullpen session of the year. "I guess a lot of people were doubting me toward the end of last year, so I was motivated to get back out there and do what I know I can do," Hellickson said during a conference call Monday. "It'€™s frustrating to go through this and have to miss a month, month and a half. But I'€™m just going to rehab, work hard and try to get back out there as soon as possible." Last season the former American League Rookie of the Year pitched to a career-worst 5.17 ERA. Despite giving up the most runs of his career this past season, Hellickson brought down his walks to 2.6 per nine innings and increased his strikeouts per game from 6.3 to 7.0.