Today is September 1, a big day for all baseball teams and fans. Today is the day that rosters expand to 40. Some teams choose to do just that, other teams call up some, but not fill the 40-man to the max. Some teams call in reinforcements for the playoff push, other teams are out of the playoff picture and are starting to plan for next season.
In Arizona, the Diamondbacks are the latter. They have had a rough 2014 and are out of the postseason picture. But among their players being added to the roster for the final month: RHP Daniel Hudson (Virginia Beach). Yes, the same Daniel Hudson who was a budding star just a few years ago before his career got derailed by an injury that would require not one, but two Tommy John surgeries.
Hudson was a gem of a hurler from 2009-2012, posting a 3.68 ERA and 3004 strikeouts in 381 innings. But in early 2012, he got hurt, and his arm troubles snowballed from there. He has not pitched in the big leagues since, but has worked his way back. When he is added to the big league roster this week, it will be out of the bullpen, and FOX Sports Arizona is reporting that he will be on a 25-30 pitch count limit.
In Baltimore, Charm City, the Orioles enter the final month of the season having won four straight, and hold a comfortable nine game lead in the AL East division over the Yankees. But they will be calling in extra reinforcements for the home stretch, and one of those is LHP Joe Saunders (Springfield).
Saunders began the season with the Texas Rangers, but was released after going 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA. He signed a minor league deal with the Royals, but did not do much better there, and was cut. He then signed a minor league deal to return to Baltimore, where he finished the 2012 season. He reported to AAA Norfolk and flourished, posting a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings of relief work over 10 games. Not clear yet if he will start, relieve, or both.