Hellickson (shoulder) announced his retirement from professional baseball Friday, Tommy Birch of The Des Moines Register reports. The veteran right-hander returned to the mound in September after missing most of the season with a shoulder injury, but he'll opt to retire after suffering a setback in January that would have necessitated surgery. Hellickson had a 10-year career spanning stints with the Rays, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Orioles and Nationals, and he earned AL Rookie of the Year honors in 2011. He had a career 4.13 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 929 strikeouts and 76-75 record in 232 games.
Hellickson suffered a shoulder setback and is unlikely to pitch this season, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports. The 10-year veteran has been limited by injuries to just 130.1 innings over the last two seasons combined. He didn't look good in his 39 frames for the Nationals last season, struggling to a 6.23 ERA and a 10.9 percent walk rate. He hit the injured list in late May due to a shoulder strain and never returned to big-league action. With the issue worsening to the point that his 2020 campaign is already in doubt, it's possible the 32-year-old has already thrown his final major-league pitch.
Hellickson (shoulder) was activated off the 60-day injured list Sunday. Hellickson hasn't seen major-league action since going down with shoulder tendinitis in mid-May, but he'll rejoin the Nationals for the stretch run. According to Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports, Joe Ross will remain in the starting rotation to pitch Monday against the Mets, meaning Hellickson should work out of the bullpen.
Hellickson (shoulder) tossed two scoreless innings Wednesday in a rehab appearance for the Nationals' rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. He gave up a base hit and struck out two in the 12-pitch outing. After completing a simulated game last week, Hellickson received the green light to make his first appearance at any level of affiliated ball since May 19. The lengthy layoff means that Hellickson will require multiple minor-league starts to build up his pitch count in preparation for a potential return to the Washington rotation in late August or early September. If healthy, the 32-year-old could represent an upgrade over current back-end starters Joe Ross and Erick Fedde.
Hellickson (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Hellickson came away from his third bullpen session Sunday with no issues, clearing the way for him to face live hitters for the first time since landing on the injured list in May. While this is a step in the right direction for Hellickson, the right-hander is a ways away from a return, as he still needs to build his arm back up.
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