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Hellickson scratched; Thompson fills in

Trade talks, potential rain put veteran on bench
MLB.com @ToddZolecki

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson has not been traded yet.

But a deal seems likely. The Phillies announced Friday night that Hellickson has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. A source told MLB.com that no trade has been finalized, but the combination of trade talks and a potentially wet mound because of rain put Hellickson on the bench.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson has not been traded yet.

But a deal seems likely. The Phillies announced Friday night that Hellickson has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. A source told MLB.com that no trade has been finalized, but the combination of trade talks and a potentially wet mound because of rain put Hellickson on the bench.

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Jake Thompson started in Hellickson's place.

It is no secret the Phillies have been trying to trade Hellickson, who will be a free agent following the season. He is 6-5 with a 4.73 ERA in 20 starts. He also makes $17.2 million, but the Phillies have told teams they are willing to pay some of the remaining salary to facilitate a deal.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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