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.
Hellickson (shoulder) could throw a simulated game this week, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Hellickson will throw his third bullpen session Sunday, and if all goes well , he may progress to a sim game. The 32-year-old landed on the injured list with right shoulder tendinitis in May and received a PRP injection in mid-June to help alleviate some of the pain he's been battling all season.
Hellickson (shoulder) moved to the 60-day injured list Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Hellickson landed on the injured list in late May with shoulder tendinitis. He originally expected a brief absence but was promptly shut down from throwing and will apparently miss quite a while. He won't be eligible to return until late July at the earliest.
Hellickson received a PRP injection Thursday to help alleviate his shoulder pain, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
Helickson has been battling the pain all season but made it until May 21 before landing on the injured list. The injection reportedly had the desired effect, but he remains shut down from baseball activity. He could be cleared to play catch Monday.
Hellickson (shoulder) has been shut down from throwing, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Hellickson continued playing catch after landing on the injured list last week with shoulder tendinitis, but he failed to show improvement with each throwing session, prompting the Nationals to temporarily shut him down. It remains to be seen how this setback will affect his return date; look for an updated timetable for his return to emerge once he's cleared to resume throwing again.
Hellickson's shoulder injury was referred to as tendinitis by manager Dave Martinez on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Hellickson's injury, which sent him to the injured list earlier in the day, had previously been termed a strain. He threw Tuesday and felt good after the session, supporting his belief that he may only need to miss one start.
Hellickson expects his shoulder strain to cause him to miss just one start, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
Hellickson landed on the injured list Tuesday but played catch the same day, so a brief absence does seem to be a possibility. He's reportedly been dealing with the injury since spring training and decided he needed to skip a start in order to heal. His 8.25 ERA and 2.25 WHIP over his last three starts may have played a part in that decision.
Hellickson landed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right shoulder Tuesday.
Hellickson has taken the loss in three straight outings, giving up 14 runs (11 earned) across just 12 innings. It's not clear how much of that rough patch was injury-related. Javy Guerra was activated in a corresponding move.
Hellickson (2-3) ceded three runs on four hits and three walks in three innings to take the loss Sunday against the Cubs. He struck out one batter while throwing only 30 of his 64 pitches for strikes.
Hellickson displayed little command or control on the evening, issuing at least three free passes for the third straight start and serving up a home run in his sixth consecutive outing. The 32-year-old is sitting on a 6.23 ERA and 1.72 WHIP through 39 innings this season and could be in jeopardy of losing his rotation spot if he turns in another stinker during his upcoming turn against the lowly Marlins next weekend.
Hellickson (2-2) allowed five earned runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three across five innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Mets.
Hellickson allowed four of the first six batters he faced to reach base, culminating in a grand slam by Wilson Ramos. Despite the big blow, he managed to rebound and allow only one earned run across his next four innings of work, salvaging a more respectable line. Overall, Hellickson continues to get crushed by walks and home runs -- he's allowed 4.3 BB/9 and 2.0 HR/9 this season -- making him an extremely risky proposition from start to start. He'll likely have another tough matchup in his next outing, currently scheduled for Sunday against the Cubs.
Hellickson (2-1) allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks across four innings in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.
He tossed up two home runs in the first two innings, so Hellickson was at fault too, but an error led to three unearned runs charged to his record. Hellickson has allowed seven home runs in seven outings, so while opponents are hitting .287 against him, the 2.0 HR/9 is hurting him most. Hellickson owns a 5.52 ERA and 1.61 WHIP with 26 strikeouts in 31 innings, but he has managed to post a 2-1 record. He will start again at home against the Mets on Tuesday.
Hellickson didn't factor into the decision Friday against the Phillies, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out nine across 5.1 innings.
Hellickson settled in nicely after allowing a first-inning homer to Jean Segura, retiring 15 of the next 17 batters -- a season-high nine via strikeout -- before surrendering a single to Segura with one out in the sixth inning and subsequently getting the hook. The right-hander had thrown just 79 pitches, though the decision was made to prevent Hellickson from facing the heart of Philadelphia's order a third time through. Rhys Hoskins ultimately homered off Dan Jennings to bring in Segura, leaving Hellickson with two earned runs on the day. Hellickson will carry a 5.33 ERA into his next start, which will come on the road against the Brewers.
Hellickson allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks across three innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Sunday.
For the second straight start, the 32-year-old struggled, but fortunately for him, so did his counterpart, and neither factored into the decision during this high-scoring affair -- a 7-6 win for the Nationals. Hellickson threw 39 strikes out of 55 pitches, but he allowed two home runs, which is how the Padres scored four of their six runs. He's tossed up three homers in his last eight innings. Hellickson is 2-0 with a 5.82 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 13 strikeouts in 21.2 innings this season. His next scheduled start is on the road against the Phillies on Friday.
Hellickson gave up five runs on nine hits with two walks while striking out four through five innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Monday.
Hellickson only allowed two runs through the first four innings, but the wheels came off in the fifth as he allowed a three runs including a two-run bomb from Mark Reynolds. After outperforming his FIP up to this point, the 32-year-old regressed to a 9.00 ERA and a 5.29 FIP in this start. The right-hander has a 2-0 record and a 4.34 ERA through three starts this season. Hellickson will get his next start Sunday against the Padres.
Hellickson (2-0) picked up the win in Wednesday's 9-6 victory over the Giants, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks over 5.2 innings. He didn't strike out a batter.
The Nats staked the right-hander to a 4-0 lead after two innings, and while Hellickson was far from dominant -- he managed only three swinging strikes among his 79 pitches (51 total strikes) -- he did his part before exiting and handing things off to Washington's combustible bullpen. Hellickson has a superficially strong 2.63 ERA that isn't backed by a shaky 6:8 K:BB through 13.2 innings, and he'll be a risky play in his next start Monday at Coors Field.
Hellickson (1-0) allowed three hits and four walks while striking out six across six scoreless innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Phillies.
Hellickson was given an early three-run cushion, and he took advantage by working fairly efficiently. His only trouble came in the fifth inning, when he walked two batters and allowed a hit prior to working out of the jam. His six strikeouts were uncharacteristic, and his six swinging strikes are indicative that a strikeout per inning isn't likely to be his new norm. With the way the schedule shakes out, Hellickson may not be needed to start again until next weekend against the Marlins.
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2010||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||1.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4||2||4||32.73||5.455|
|2014||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||8.0||2||2||0||0||1||0||6||2||9||2.25||1.375|