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UPDATE: Daniel Hudson has a torn UCL

Jun 27, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

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UPDATE: The worst news possible. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic just spoke with Kirk Gibson, and he says that Hudson has a torn UCL.  Hudson’s agent says he’s going to get a second opinion, but that’s usually a one-way ticket to Tommy John surgery.

Sorry, Dbacks fans. Sorry, Hudson.

11:11 AM: The Diamondbacks have made up a ton of ground in the National League West over the past month, but they may have to continue their climb without one of their best pitchers.

Daniel Hudson left last night’s start against the Braves in the second inning with what was termed as right forearm tightness. After the game, he told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that it’s been a lingering issue. His 7.35 ERA would seem to agree with that.

“It’s been sore for the last few starts,” Hudson said of his elbow. “I’ve always had soreness in there. With my arm action, I just kind of figured it came with the territory. It’s been getting progressively worse. I just tried to pitch through it. Tonight it wasn’t happening.”

While Hudson has been pitching through soreness of late, it appears he kept it to himself. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson didn’t hear anything about a possible issue until last night.

We should know more about the severity of the injury after Hudson goes for an MRI, but the 25-year-old right-hander admitted that he’s “pretty concerned.” He already had a stint on the disabled list earlier this season due to a right shoulder impingement.

The Diamondbacks have summoned left-hander Patrick Corbin to join the team in Atlanta, but it’s not clear if he’ll join the rotation. Trevor Bauer is slated to make his major league debut on Thursday and given the apparent serious nature of Hudson’s injury, he could have a rotation spot even after Joe Saunders returns from a shoulder strain.

  1. bigleagues - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Pitch counts are about to go the way of the dinosaurs.

  2. bloodysock - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Unfortunately for Hudson and the Diamondbacks, the second opinion will confirm the first opinion.

    • bloodysock - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      Kevin Towers said he has a 100% tear of the UCL.

  3. btwicey - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Wow. Lame

  4. jrbdmb - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick just left a message for Hudson – “Suck it up and get back on the mound, you wuss.”

  5. drewsylvania - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    To nitpick, a torn labrum would’ve been worse. People come back from TJ all the time these days.

  6. niubears - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    It seems like if you’re not having TJ surgery nowadays, you’re doing something wrong.

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