As if the news couldn’t get any worse for the Arizona Diamondbacks after suffering the loss of their main offensive catalyst in Chris Young, things did go further south on Saturday, when it was announced that starting pitcher Daniel Hudson had been placed on the 15-day DL with a right shoulder impingement.
Reliever Jonathan Albaladejo was recalled from AAA Reno to replace Hudson on the roster, but it is unclear at this moment who will take Hudson’s spot in the rotation when his turn comes up on Monday against Philadelphia. Albaladejo last pitched in the majors in 2010 with the New York Yankees, appearing in 10 games with an ERA of 3.97 and a WHIP of 1.50. This season, he has appeared eight times and pitched 7 2/3rds innings, with seven strikeouts and an ERA of 2.35.
It is a bit of a surprise that the Diamondbacks didn’t call up any of their three young studs from Mobile to fill the rotation spot vacated by Hudson, but it can likely be explained by the fact that once the team pulls the trigger on one of them, they’ll feel compelled to keep them up in Phoenix. There’s still the ever-present possibility that Josh Collmenter could melt down and require someone to replace him, and with the way the injuries are flying fast and furious at this team, it wouldn’t be a stunner to see anyone else go down either.
At any rate, the Diamondbacks very well could just stick Wade Miley in to the rotation for a spot start, especially since they do have an off-day coming up next Thursday. If Hudson’s injury is as benign as the team seems to be suggesting it is, they very well could only have to fill one or two turns in the rotation before Daniel is ready to come back.
If this turns into something more serious, then you can worry about bringing up a guy like Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs, or Trevor Bauer, but until then, it would behoove the team to just let them continue to develop in the minors and not rush along their development. They have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to depth of starting pitching, but now is not the time to crack open that treasure chest just yet.