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Jeremy Hellickson will return to the Rays' starting rotation on Saturday against the Red Sox.

Hellickson was optioned to Double-A Montgomery just before the All-Star break so that he could get in some work during the long layoff. The right-hander held the Royals to one run over 4 1/3 innings on July 8 in what was his first and only start in the majors this season.

Jeremy Hellickson SP TB 11 Days

Rays optioned RHP Jeremy Hellickson to Double-A Montgomery.

He'll start there on Monday, as the Rays wanted to keep him pitching over the All-Star break. Hellickson will rejoin the big league rotation soon.

Jeremy Hellickson SP TB 16 Days

Jeremy Hellickson allowed one run on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in his return to the mound against the Royals on Tuesday.

Making his season debut, Hellickson threw 84 pitches before giving way to the bullpen. The right-hander walked one and struck out two in the outing. Hellickson may get in one more start before the All-Star break -- he'd be on regular rest if he pitched Sunday, but the Rays won't need him until after the break -- but he should be a mainstay in the rotation in the second half either way.

Jeremy Hellickson SP TB 16 Days

Rays activated RHP Jeremy Hellickson from the 15-day disabled list.

Hellickson is making his season debut on Tuesday against the Royals after missing the first three months with elbow issues. The right-hander owns a 3.70 career ERA and a 1.24 career WHIP in 576 1/3 major league innings and is worth a shot in deeper formats.

Jeremy Hellickson SP TB 17 Days

Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) has been officially named the Rays' starter for Tuesday's game against the Royals.

It will be the right-hander's 2014 major league debut. Hellickson hasn't looked overly sharp on his minor league rehab assignment and has experienced multiple setbacks in his recovery from elbow surgery, but the 27-year-old might be worth a flier in deep mixed fantasy leagues. He owns a 3.70 career ERA and a 1.24 career WHIP in 576 1/3 major league innings. Erik Bedard is being shifted to the Tampa Bay bullpen.

Jeremy Hellickson SP TB 19 Days

Rays manager Joe Maddon declared Friday that Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) was ready to rejoin the rotation, and is expected to do so on Tuesday.

That coincides with Erik Bedard's next scheduled outing, fueling speculation that the veteran southpaw will be the odd-man out in the rotation once Hellickson does return. Hellickson experienced discomfort in his elbow during his minor league rehab assignment, so fantasy owners should probably take a wait-and-see approach before trusting him in lineups.

Jeremy Hellickson SP TB 25 Days

Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday, and if all goes well he'll make another minor league rehab start at some point next week.

Hellickson was removed from his last start after just three innings due to renewed discomfort in his elbow, but he was able to play catch on Sunday without any difficulty. He's expected to rejoin the Rays rotation after the All-Star break.

Jeremy Hellickson SP TB 27 Days

Jeremy Hellickson was removed from his minor league rehab start after three innings on Friday due to minor discomfort in his elbow.

Hellickson is working his way back from February elbow surgery, and has had a few hiccups along the way. He is expected to continue with his rehab schedule, but will need at least another start or two in the minors before he becomes an option to rejoin the Rays rotation.

Jeremy Hellickson SP TB 30 Days

Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) will make at least one more rehab appearance at Triple-A Durham.

Hellickson was under consideration for a start in the Rays' doubleheader Friday against the Orioles, but that no longer seemed like a good idea after he allowed six runs (five earned) over five innings in his third rehab outing Sunday at Durham. The 27-year-old right-hander is on his way back from February elbow surgery and is not a particularly promising fantasy stash.

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Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) was hit hard in his third minor league rehab start for Triple-A Durham on Sunday, surrendering six runs (five earned) on eight hits in his five innings of work.

On the plus side, Hellickson did rack up seven strikeouts while throwing 57 of his 81 total pitches for strikes. With two consecutive rough outings, it's unclear if he'll rejoin the Rays rotation for next weekend's doubleheader, or make another minor league rehab appearance.