The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Sunday that RHP Daniel Hudson (Virginia Beach/ODU) will be the starting pitcher in their afternoon tilt with the Padres in San Diego.
Yes, that Daniel Hudson.
Hudson will get his first starting role in three years.
Not long ago, Hudson’s future in baseball was in serious jeopardy. In 2012, Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery, costing him the remainder of that season. Roughly a year later, while rehabbing at AA, he again tore the same ligament that he had the TJ surgery on, meaning he was through for the season. Arizona did release him after the season, but re-signed him to a minor league contract, and moved him to the bullpen. He made a comeback late in the 2014 season and pitched 3 games in relief, to the tune of 2 2/3 innings.
Now, with Arizona’s rotation in flux due to recent rainouts, Hudson will be on the mound starting a game. It will be interesting to see how long manager Chip Hale lets him pitch.
Hudson has a career record of 28-19 with a 3.82 ERA in 74 games. He won the NL Silver Slugger award for pitchers in 2011.