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Hellickson endures rough second rehab start

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HOUSTON -- Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson threw his second rehab start on Thrursday for Triple-A Durham, as he continues to work his way back after offseason arthroscopic elbow surgery.

Hellickson's start didn't go exactly as planned, however, as he gave up four runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings. He threw 35 strikes and 20 balls as the Bulls lost 4-0. He was slated to throw 60 pitches and four innings.

"I guess he got beat up a little bit," manager Joe Maddon said. "Otherwise, the results weren't there but that doesn't really matter right now."

Hellickson threw one previous rehab start at Class A Advanced Charlotte, in which he threw three scoreless innings.

He was 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA for the Rays in 2013.

Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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