Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson taken to hospital after hit in the head by ball during batting practice

11:50 AM, Apr 11, 2012   |    comments
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson
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Detroit -- Jeremy Hellickson was hospitalized Wednesday morning after a ball hit during batting practice struck the Rays pitcher in the head.

Rays radio play-by-play announcer Dave Wills reported the incident on his Twitter:

"It was Helly who was hit by HR during BP while in the bullpen...hit in head... No bleeding and never lost consciousness... Taken to hospital"

Rays manager Joe Maddon thought Hellickson was more "stunned" than hurt, CBS Sports reports, and that he was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The 25-year-old was throwing a bullpen session before Wednesday's game against the Detroit Tigers when he was hit. Tigers players were doing batting practice at the time.

There's no word yet on if Hellickson will miss his next scheduled start, which is Saturday at Boston.

Hellickson went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA last year in his first full season as a major league starter, which earned him American League Rookie of the Year honors.

He was one out short of pitching a complete game in a 3-0 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday.

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