Hellickson set for rehab start

Hellickson set for rehab start

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson is ready to make his second rehab start on Thursday in preparation of what he hoped will be a late-June return to the Majors.

The right-hander, rehabbing after offseason arthroscopic elbow surgery, will start for Triple-A Durham in the Bulls' Thursday night game in Indianapolis. He is slated to throw four innings and 60 pitches, Rays manager Joe Maddon said on Wednesday.

Hellickson traveled to Indianapolis earlier on Wednesday.

"I think he left today, yes -- so everything's in order," Maddon said. "He felt really good -- I talked to him at his locker and he felt really well."

Hellickson made his first rehab start for Class A Advanced Charlotte on Saturday, allowing two hits and striking out two in three scoreless innings.

If all goes well on Thursday, Hellickson will make one more rehab start before potentially rejoining the Rays.

Hellickson was 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA for Tampa Bay in 2013.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.