Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was the Rookie of the Year in 2011. In 2013 he's headed back to Class A Charlotte the club has announced.

This isn't to pitch though. Instead it's just where a roster spot was open. He's not going to appear in a game.

"Just primarily to give him a little bit of a rest'' manager Joe Maddon said (via tampabay.com). "He's well physically; we just thought giving him a little bit of a break would be very important right now. Obviously the more recent performances have not been great. And the fact that he is not injured we felt the next best thing was to give him a little bit of a break.''

Hellickson will reportedly throw a bullpen session or two but again no game action. The Class A thing isn't a punishment.

Also rosters can expand on September 1 which is when Hellickson is expected to rejoin the Rays.