Hellickson could be possibility for bullpen

Hellickson could be possibility for bullpen

CLEVELAND -- Rays Manager Joe Maddon said Triple-A right-handed starter Jeremy Hellickson might be considered as an option for the Rays' bullpen during the team's pennant drive.

Hellickson continues to light up the International League with Durham.

"You saw he had a little taste of it in Spring Training, he came out with guys all over the place and he got out of it [against the Yankees]," Maddon said. "Very casually in a sense, he was not offended by the moment or overwhelmed by the moment. You're going to see the same kind of approach from him.

"Out of the bullpen, that's a possibility, and I would not be opposed to that at all. But eventually he's going to be one of the starters, there is no doubt. To get a taste, I think he could do it, and it would serve him well, and us."

David Price went through the same thing in 2008 and came up to help save the day out of the Rays' bullpen in the American League Championship Series.

"Obviously, I was just so excited to be in the big leagues -- I didn't care if I was the batboy, the water boy, mop up guy, closer, I didn't care," said Price. "I just wanted to be in the game, have a chance to win, help our team at that level. I didn't really care."