RHP Jeremy Hellickson (right elbow surgery) will remain with Triple-A Durham and will make another rehab start this week for the Bulls. That means Hellickson will not rejoin the Rays on Friday when they play a day/night doubleheader in Baltimore.
Maddon said RHP Nate Karns and RHP Alex Colome are the candidates to be added to the roster Friday so the Rays have a second starter for the twin bill.
As for when Hellickson will return, Maddon was not certain.
“I think you have to understand the guy’s not pitched in a while, he’s coming off of surgery, he’s kind of going through spring training, and we want him to be performing well before he comes here, so even if he needs a little bit longer than one more start I don’t think there’s anything to be read into it other than he needs more time to pitch at the level that he’s capable of, pure and simple,” Maddon said.
“If he’s not ready then he’s not ready performance-wise. But health-wise it seems like he just keeps getting better.”
INF Cole Figueroa was added to the roster to take the spot vacated when OF/DH Jerry Sands (strained tendon in left wrist) was placed on the DL. … C Ryan Hanigan was scratched from Tuesday’s start with a stiff neck. … LPH Cesar Ramos’ wife Melanie is due to deliver the couple’s first child Thursday. Maddon said plans are in place to replace Ramos when he takes his paternity leave, though Maddon wouldn’t reveal who will join the bullpen … Durham LHP Enny Romero was named to the World team roster for the July 13 All-Star Futures Game, while Class A C Justin O’Conner was named to the U.S. team.