St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson throws a pitch in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Jeremy Hellickson was hit in the head with a baseball during batting practice before the Tigers/Rays game on Wednesday.
Marc Tompkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported on a commotion in the Rays' bullpen, and he later relayed that there were paramedics on the scene. A few minutes later, he reported that Hellickson was struck:
From what #Rays players are saying, Hellickson was hit on side of head by a ball ...
Appears #Rays Hellickson taken out of stadium on a cart.
Hellickson was not bleeding + did not lose consciousness, Maddon said. Taken to area hospital.
The good news: there doesn't appear to be any obvious head trauma. But as the saga of Justin Morneau has taught us, there's no such thing as a mild head injury.
Hellickson was not scheduled to pitch in Wednesday's game.