ST. PETERSBURG -- After much persuasion from fellow starter David Price, Jeremy Hellickson joined Twitter on Saturday under the username @JHell58.
"I sent out a few tweets," Hellickson said. "It's kinda fast, it's hard to keep up with it."
Since joining on Saturday afternoon, Hellickson has earned just fewer than 3,000 followers. But he admitted he still isn't quite acclimated yet.
"I'm still figuring it [out], I have pretty much no idea," Hellickson said.
He joins many of his teammates on the popular social networking site, including third baseman Evan Longoria and infielder Elliot Johnson. Perhaps the most notorious tweeter, however, is Price, who is so involved that even his dog, Astro, has an account.
Price welcomed Hellickson to the site by tweeting, "everyone follow @JHell58...ROY...great teammate but even better amigo!! Follow him ahora por favor."
Hellickson is slated to start Monday's series opener against the Blue Jays. He is 4-0 on the season with a 2.77 ERA.
Scott hoping to try playing in the field
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays will play their first Interleague road game on June 8 in Miami, which means Luke Scott can't be used as the team's designated hitter, since the DH will not be in effect in the National League ballpark.
Scott, who had right shoulder surgery last season, has not played in the field this year. Will his throwing be advanced enough by then to make him available for duty in the field?
"I don't have any exact dates yet," Scott said. "I will probably find out here, this series coming up with Toronto. So I'll probably go through some little tests in the outfield to see where I'm at."
When pressed about whether he believes he'll be on the field during Interleague Play, Scott replied, "I think so, yeah."
To that end, he has been taking balls at first base and he plans to get a little busier in the outfield, working on his footwork and taking fly balls. He has not yet cut loose throwing a ball, but his throwing is drastically improved since Spring Training, when he basically just lobbed any balls he threw.
While Scott is hopeful about getting on the field during the Interleague competition, he doesn't feel his healing will be complete until the offseason, noting that healing takes time when done properly.
"When I really see jumps is when I have that time off during the offseason and I can hit it hard again and put my weight back on," Scott said.
Scott is a player who loves to go all out all the time, so this season has presented him a strange obstacle in having to nurse his right shoulder and his left hamstring.
"It's been a tough balance for me, it really has," Scott said. "I'm having to deal with not being my usual self -- and just having to tone it down when I need to tone it down. Not going all out when it's not needed, it's difficult to do that, because I'm used to playing hard ... the whole time and I'm used to being stronger than what I am right now."
Rodney notches 100th career save
ST. PETERSBURG -- Sitting in Fernando Rodney's locker is a ball from his first game with the Rays.
The ball from his 100th career save on Saturday won't be next to it, though. Instead, Rodney gave it to a fan who will soon be turning 100. The reliever admitted that he knew that it was a milestone mark, but isn't concerned about stats.
"I really don't count [saves], I know I've had too many opportunities," Rodney said. "The only thing I think is, keep working. If I continue what I do, then maybe I get more opportunities to do something."
Rodney became the 127th pitcher in Major League history to achieve the feat, and is 13-for-13 in save opportunities this season.
The 35-year-old made short work of Atlanta's final three batters in the ninth, forcing three flyouts. Rodney had good command of his fastball, but it was his changeup that allowed him to pitch effectively.
"I always have command of the changeup," Rodney said. "Sometimes on my fastball, I think I try to do it too quick. On the changeup, I got the right timing and delivered the ball. When I get the combination, that's good."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Greg Zeck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.