DETROIT -- Tampa Bay Rays ace Jeremy Hellickson left Comerica Park on a cart Wednesday morning after being hit in the head during batting practice.
Hellickson, last year's American League Rookie of the Year, was in the Rays bullpen beyond the leftfield fence when he was struck in the head by a ball hit by a Tigers player. Both teams' trainers immediately ran out to the bullpen, and were quickly followed by a motorized cart.
After several minutes of treatment, he left the field on the cart and was taken up the grounds-crew tunnel. Rays manager Joe Maddon said that Hellickson had not lost consciousness, but was going to be taken to a local hospital for observation.