When Daniel Hudson (Virginia Beach) returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks this summer, that in and of itself was a major victory.
Hudson had not pitched in the major leagues in more than 2 seasons, this after undergoing not one, but TWO Tommy John Surgeries. Hudson, now 27, appeared to have been washed up. But he never gave up. He pushed himself to get back to the bigs, and on September 3, he did just that, pitching the 8th inning of a 6-1 Arizona win. He would pitch a total of three games in relief for Arizona, going 0-1, before the Diamondbacks shut him down for the season.
He now figures into Arizona’s plans for 2015, as the Diamondbacks have picked up his option, guaranteeing him $800K, with another $300K in incentives based on days on the active roster.
In his career with the White Sox and Diamondbacks, the former ODU star is 28-18 with a career 3.75 ERA. He won 16 games and the Silver Slugger award in 2011 with Arizona.