Hellickson's season likely over with sore back

Hellickson's season likely over with sore back

PITTSBURGH -- Orioles right-hander Jeremy Hellickson is likely finished for the season because of a sore back.

When asked prior to Wednesday's game against the Pirates if he would pitch this weekend against the Rays, Hellickson said, "I don't think I am."

Hellickson added: "It's something that if we were still in [playoff contention], it's something I could treat and go out there and pitch. But it's probably not the smartest thing to do that."

O's right-hander Dylan Bundy strained his left hamstring warming up and was a late scratch on Sunday. He also is expected to be shut down.

Hellickson was expected to bolster the O's rotation after being acquired in a trade with the Phillies at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. But Hellickson is 2-6 with a 6.97 ERA in 10 starts with Baltimore after going 6-5 with a 4.73 ERA with Philadelphia.

"It's definitely been an inconsistent two months," Hellickson said. "For some reason, I had a lot of big innings this year."

Worth noting
• Outfielder Adam Jones (leg soreness) and shortstop Tim Beckham (strained hamstring) were again held out of the O's starting lineup.

• Showalter tabbed left-hander Wade Miley to start Friday's series opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field. In 31 starts, Miley is 8-14 with a 5.52 ERA.

Bob Cohn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.