A checked swing left Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson on the bench
While pitching a gem against the Pirates, Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson was forced to exit after three innings of work.
Batting in the top of the seventh Hellickson appeared to grab either his side or hip after a swing. He later lined a RBI double down the left side, but beckoned to the trainer after grabbing the same area on the base pads.
Daniel Nava also left the game after appearing to tweak something running the bases. Michael Saunders, who left yesterday’s game in Texas with a groin injury, replaced Nava in right field.
Hellickson allowed two runs over six innings, both runs crossing the plate in the first. The second was unearned after a Freddy Galvis throwing error.
The righty’s final line came in at six innings with two hits and two runs coming across.
If Hellickson needs time on the disabled list, Nick Pivetta would likely return from Lehigh Valley. The righty made four starts with a 5.12 ERA and a 0-2 record in place of Aaron Nola.
Adam Morgan currently holds the final spot on the Phillies 25-man roster between Pivetta’s final start and Nola’s return on Sunday. Nola will be reinstated from the disabled list, and barring Hellickson needing to leave, Morgan will return to Lehigh Valley.
Philadelphia general manager Matt Klentak banked on Hellickson being on of the club’s main trade assets at the deadline, but an oblique injury would hinder his value significantly.
Hopefully, Hellickson only cramped at the plate and can return for his next start this week.