Jeremy Hellickson Activated from Disabled List


September 4, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Hellickson is back.

The Tampa Bay Rays activated the right-hander and he will start Tuesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field.

He will take Erik Bedard’s spot in the rotation.

Hellickson has missed all of the season so far after having elbow surgery in January.

The 27-year-old made six minor league starts as part of his rehab assignment, one at AA and five at AAA.

Over the six starts he struggled however, going 1-4 with a 6.23 ERA in 21.2 innings. He gave up 40 hits and struck out just 18 batters but walked only six.

Hellickson was supposed to be a major part of the Rays rotation this year, as he has been throughout his career, but his injury threw a wrench into the Rays plans.

Over four years in the majors, Hellickson is 39-31 with a 3.70 ERA in 102 games, 95 of which are starts.