Aug 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) throws between innings against the Philadelphia Phillies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Thursday that right-hander Jeremy Hellickson is headed to the 15-day Disabled List with a strained left hamstring.
The move comes after Hellickson experienced a cramp in his leg during his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. At the time, it was said that Hellickson suffered from “dehydration,” according to a report from CBS Sports.
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Hellickson was removed from the game after 5 1/3 innings. He gave up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out four.
With Hellickson being sidelined, the D-backs also announced Thursday that they are recalling Chase Anderson from Triple-A Reno, an who was demoted only 14 hours ago following the D-backs’ 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The move also adds Randall Delgado to the starting rotation this weekend as he makes his first start of the season.
The rotation against the Cincinnati Reds now looks as follows:
Thursday – Patrick Corbin
Friday – Rubby De La Rosa
Saturday – Randall Delgado
Sunday – Chase Anderson
Anderson was originally slated to throw Sunday in the series finale against the Reds.
Hellickson this season is 9-8 with a 4.60 ERA in 23 games. He was on a little groove as of late after winning his last two starts in a row.
Prior to that, he had dropped two straight. So it’s fair to say he was still struggling to find consistency on the mound.
Anderson, meanwhile, will get another shot at the big leagues as he has struggled in the middle part of the season after being one of the D-backs best pitcher in April and May.
According to a report from AZCentral.com, Anderson posted 7.65 ERA in his past eight starts.
Things sort of blew up in his face on Tuesday night during his last start when the Pirates scored seven runs off him in 4 2/3 innings.
Manager Chip Hale told Nick Piecoro at AZCentral that Anderson, “still has a chance to come back and be a very effective pitcher for us.”
Obviously, that chance came much sooner than the both Anderson and the D-backs thought. He needs to be a much more effective pitcher than he has been as of late as we close out the last seven weeks of the season.
For Delgado, he has been very effective in the bullpen for Arizona. He’s posting a 4-3 record with a 2.70 ERA in 50 innings pitched.
His longest outing of the season came in a game on May 30 against the Milwaukee Brewers when he pitched three innings.
In that appearance, he gave up one run on three hits while allowing no walks and striking out two.