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Rays Lose Hellickson for First 6-8 Weeks of Season

BananaStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson will miss the first 6-8 weeks of the regular season after having minor arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow this past Wednesday, the team announced Monday.

The 2011 American League Rookie of the Year had a tough 2013. Hellickson went 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA. 

"I guess a lot of people were doubting me toward the end of last year, so I was motivated to get back out there and do what I know I can do," Hellickson said during a conference call with reporters. "It's frustrating to go through this and have to miss a month, month and a half. But I'm just going to rehab, work hard and try to get back out there as soon as possible."

In 95 career starts, the 27-year-old Hellickson has compiled a 39-31 record, with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. 

Hellickson avoided arbitration in January by signing a $3.625 million contract for the upcoming season.

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