Helsley was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.
Helsley was protect from the Rule 5 draft in November and could make his debut at some point this season. For now, he'll return to the highest level of the minors, where he posted a 3.71 ERA in five starts last year.
This move ensures that the 24-year-old right-hander will be protected from being taken in the Rule 5 draft. Helsley was hindered by a shoulder injury last year, but he has a 3.77 ERA and a 39:12 K:BB in 31 frames against Triple-A competition over the last two seasons. With as much time as he missed in 2018, he likely won't start the season in the majors, but he could find his way to St. Louis if he can maintain his nice K:BB numbers at Memphis.
Helsley tossed 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and three walks while striking out four. He's been out for nearly two months with shoulder fatigue but seems to be nearing a return to Double-A or Triple-A action.
Helsley (shoulder) is progressing through his throwing program and expected back in a minor-league starting rotation soon, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Helsley has been sidelined since June 9 with what was termed "shoulder fatigue". He'd gone 5-3 with a 4.12 ERA over 12 minor-league starts in 2018, which included a 2-1 mark during his brief time with Triple-A Memphis. It remains to be seen whether Helsley will immediately return to the Redbirds, or whether he'll be eased back into action with Double-A Springfield, where he began the season.
Helsley is on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Memphis with "shoulder fatigue" according to president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander has gone 5-3 with a 4.12 ERA over 12 minor league starts, including a 2-1 tally with the Redbirds. Mozeliak stated that the organization isn't overly concerned, but that they are being careful with their highly regarded prospect. "For us, its really taking a timeout. His volume was up. For us, it's more being conservative and trying to be smart," Mozeliak said.
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