Veteran pitcher Daniel Hudson (36-LA Dodgers) is set for another long-term absence. Hudson has the skills to be a top-tier pitcher, but he’s always been hampered by injuries. And now, as he enters the final pages of his career, another major injury has struck.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke to reporters before the team’s 2023 Major League Baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on July 7 (KST) and revealed the news of Hudson’s injury.
“Hudson will be out for an extended period of time with a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee,” Roberts told local reporters. This comes less than 24 hours after Hudson recorded his first save of the season.
The day before (June 6), Hudson took the mound in the top of the ninth inning of a home game against Pittsburgh with his team leading 6-4, but was in trouble from the start. He gave up a double and two walks to load the bases with no outs. Things weren’t looking good. The opposing batters had connected in the middle of the order, 3-5, and were in danger of tying or even taking the lead. 토토사이트 순위
With all the bases loaded, Hudson kept his veteran composure. He got Davis to ground out to short, Carlos Santana to fly out to left field, and Zack Swinski to strike out swinging to preserve the win. It was a valuable save in a bases-loaded situation.
“I was lucky (to get out of the jam),” Hudson said after the game, according to Dodger Blue, “I just focused on one pitch and tried to trust the guys behind me, and it was a lot of fun to get my first save of the season. I wish I could have made it easier, but I’m proud to help the team,” he said, but his happiness was short-lived, as he suffered another major injury that will keep him out for an extended period of time.
In 2011, his third year as a full-time starter, Hudson seemed to break out of his rookie shell, going 16-12 with a 3.49 ERA in 33 games and 222 innings. The following year, however, he underwent Tommy John surgery (Tommy John ligament reconstruction in the elbow) and was limited to just three appearances before being reassigned to the bullpen.