Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Rays manager Joe Maddon announced Sunday that right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) is going to make his 2014 regular-season debut on Tuesday night against the Royals, pushing veteran left-hander Erik Bedard into a bullpen job. Hellickson had a long and bumpy recovery from elbow surgery and he posted a 6.93 ERA across six minor league rehab starts, but the former top prospect is worth a look in AL-only fantasy formats and some deeper mixed leagues. He owns a 3.70 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 576 1/3 career major league innings.