Jul 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Jeremy Hellickson had a chance to make a very small part of history. The Arizona Diamondbacks were on their way to finally reaching the .500 mark on their 13th attempt. Hellickson was on the mound and while struggling, was an inning away from picking up the victory. Instead, he had to leave the 7-4 win after four innings because of a blister. The good news for him is that it does not appear to be a serious setback. Per Zach Buchanan at azcentral:
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Given the timing, I thought Chip Hale just wanted to get Hellickson out of the game and get the proverbial monkey off his team’s back. After one of his better outings of the season last week, it seemed as though Hellickson was continuing his pattern of frustrating his manager and fans. Even at 5-0, I began to fear that the he was going to give the lead away. Luckily, the bullpen and Welington Castillo were able to put away the Rangers and reach that elusive mark.
Hopefully, the time off will help Hellickson allow his blister to heal and he can keep the D’backs above .500 and in the playoff hunt.