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Daniel Hudson re-tore elbow ligament, likely needs second Tommy John surgery

Jun 7, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

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Sad news for Daniel Hudson, as the Diamondbacks announced that the right-hander re-tore his ulnar collateral ligament while rehabbing from Tommy John elbow surgery. For now the team is “exploring all medical options,” but going under the knife for a second surgery seems all but certain.

Acquired from the White Sox in mid-2010 as part of the Edwin Jackson trade, Hudson was outstanding for the Diamondbacks through 44 starts with a 3.01 ERA and 239/66 K/BB ratio in 302 innings. Then he struggled last season before being shut down and having the operation last July.

Had he been setback-free Hudson was looking at potentially rejoining the rotation early in the second half, but now he looks likely to miss all of this season and most of next season. And at age 26 his career could be in jeopardy.

  1. proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Terrible news. Don’t wish that upon anyone.

    Here’s to hoping for a full recovery for Mr. Hudson.

  2. mazblast - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    My sympathies to Mr. Hudson. All that work, all that rehab, for nothing.

    P.S. I’m not assigning any blame, mind you, but for your own peace of mind I suggest using a different surgeon this time.

    • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Dr. Yocum is no longer with us, so indeed it will be a different surgeon, likely Dr. James Andrews.

  3. geoknows - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Wow. I’ve heard of guys needing a second surgery, but it doesn’t usually happen so soon. Major bummer for him.

  4. neoshweaty - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Wow. That sucks. Hopefully the second surgery is successful and he’s able to take the mound last year. Couldn’t imagine the disappointment he must be feeling.

    • mazblast - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      I think you meant “NEXT year”.

  5. scottgilroy - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Awful news. My sympathies and hopefully gets past this and gets back in 2015

  6. dondada10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Could the White Sox had somehow known his elbow was predisposed to this sort of occurrence?

    I remember at the time of the trade thinking that Hudson was already better than Edwin Jackson, who had 2 years of service remaining at the time.

    • tuberippin - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Let’s not give Kenny “Wheelin’-and-Dealin'” Williams too much credit here. I think it’s highly unlikely that they noticed some type of ligament curiosity on Hudson’s pitching arm and decided because of that to trade him.

  7. darthsat - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    2 tj surgeries is just awful for a pitcher. Unbelievable bad luck for dback pitchers Hudson and going back to Brandon Webb.

  8. pbastille - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:03 PM


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