10:04 PM Update:
RHP Jeremy Hellickson was released from the hospital and was back in the Rays clubhouse during Wednesday’s game, and said afterward he felt fine and planned to make his next start. “I’ll be out there Saturday,” he said.
Hellickson had x-rays, a CT scan and concussion-related tests at Harper Hospital, and will have addiitonal concussion-related tests on Thursday. But aside from some swelling near his left eye, he said he had no other injuries.
And while several members of the Rays said Hellickson did not lose consciousness, Hellickson said he thinks he blacked out briefly since he didn’t remember falling to the ground.
Manager Joe Maddon said a decision will be made Thursday on when Hellickson next pitches.
-Reposted from Marc Topkin and the Tampa Bay Times
Raysbaseball.com (you know…that “other” site) reporting that Hellickson should be fine. Sounds like a Tigers fly ball that caught him in the bullpen, rather than a line drive comebacker. Was alert but taken to hospital for observation. Whew!
Details are sketchy at the moment, but it appears that Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson was hit in the side of the head with a baseball, presumably batted, while throwing a bullpen session at Comerica Park this morning.
Marc Topkin is tweeting from the scene. He spoke with Joe Maddon who says that Hellickson was taken out of Comerica Park on a cart, but that he was not bleeding and did not lose consciousness. He’s on his way to the hospital to be examined. More details as we get them.