6/13/2014 7:08 P.M. ET
Local product Loney cherishes return trips to Houston
By Mike Vernon / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- James Loney is no stranger to coming back home.
Including Friday, Loney has played 25 games at Minute Maid Park as a Major Leaguer -- and one time as a high schooler. But even though he's played in Houston before, the games here still have some added meaning to them.
"It's still special to me," Loney said. "It's the team you watch growing up."
Loney went to Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, which is about 30 minutes away from the Astros' home. His school was a power when Loney played there.
And when Loney had the opportunity to take the field at Minute Maid Park as a teenager, he played as a pitcher. That's what the Rays' first basemen was known for at the time. Loney said he also played a few games at the Astrodome in high school.
Loney will go home to Missouri City -- a place he makes sure to spend time at during the offseason -- on Saturday. He'll have around 12 family members at the game for him Friday night.
When playing in Houston, Loney has torn up the Astros, batting .342 with a .620 slugging percentage.
"It's always fun coming back," Loney said.
Hellickson endures rough second rehab start
HOUSTON -- Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson threw his second rehab start on Thrursday for Triple-A Durham, as he continues to work his way back after offseason arthroscopic elbow surgery.
Hellickson's start didn't go exactly as planned, however, as he gave up four runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings. He threw 35 strikes and 20 balls as the Bulls lost 4-0. He was slated to throw 60 pitches and four innings.
"I guess he got beat up a little bit," manager Joe Maddon said. "Otherwise, the results weren't there but that doesn't really matter right now."
Hellickson threw one previous rehab start at Class A Advanced Charlotte, in which he threw three scoreless innings.
He was 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA for the Rays in 2013.
Guyer joins Triple-A Durham, inches toward return
HOUSTON -- Sidelined since May 26 with a left thumb fracture, Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer was scheduled to work out with Triple-A Durham on Friday.
If the workout goes well, Guyer will hit designated hitter for the Bulls on Saturday before playing in the outfield on Sunday.
"He's only going to be out a little over the two-week time period," manager Joe Maddon said. "It depends on how he feels. Once you play, you got to find out. Maybe like three or four games is something he may think that he needs in order to feel comfortable back here."
Guyer is hitting .262 for the Rays this season, with one home run and six RBIs.
Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.