When the Diamondbacks announced that RH Daniel Hudson (Virginia Beach) would start against the Padres Sunday, it was hard to predict how it would turn out. Hudson had not started in three years.
Well, Hudson did not disappoint.
He pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two walks and two hits, and getting half of his outs via strikeout.
This might be enough to get him another start, we will see.
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.
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.
A key component of Arizona beating San Diego was the return to the big leagues of P Daniel Hudson (Virginia Beach).
Hudson was pitching in the major leagues for the first time in two years and after two Tommy John surgeries. But Hudson showed he was back to his old self, pitching a 1-2-3 8th inning, with 13 pitches, 9 of them strikes.
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.