Will Daniel Hudson Pitch For Arizona Diamondbacks This Season?

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The Arizona Diamondbacks starting rotation is all but set as we inch closer and closer to Opening Day which is in five days. The only question is who will occupy the fifth slot in the Diamondbacks rotation once the season gets under way.

Arizona has a choice between either Patrick Corbin or Randall Delgado to earn this spot. The other question regarding the starting rotation is what happens to starting pitcher Daniel Hudson?

Hudson is the one pitcher for Arizona that was not mentioned much during the offseason because of the Tommy John surgery that he had last July. Hudson is targeting the All-Star break as to when he believes he will be able to rejoin the Diamondbacks starting rotation.

The timetable for most pitchers after having this surgery to return is usually within 12 to 18 months and with Hudson targeting the middle of July, that would put him around the 12 month mark to return.

The talented righty just recently threw off a mound for the first time since the operation and for the Diamondbacks, and adding him that late in the season would be similar to the club making a trade for a veteran pitcher. Hudson is just one season removed where in 2011 he won 16 games for the Diamondbacks.

The only problem for Arizona if Hudson comes back healthy is where in the rotation they would put him. One option is to move the fifth starter that Arizona began the season with to the bullpen. The Diamondbacks are in a position most MLB teams would like, as you can’t have too much starting pitching.

 

Chris is the Diamondbacks writer for RantSports.com

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