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Daniel Hudson pitches for the first time in over two years

Sep 4, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

Daniel Hudson AP

The last time Daniel Hudson pitched in a major league game was June 26, 2012. Since then he had a Tommy John surgery, started to rehab, got injured again and had a second Tommy John surgery. He may have felt like he’d never get through it all, but there he was last night, coming on in relief for the Dbacks and tossing a scoreless inning.

Afterwards, Hudson was understandably emotional:

“I couldn’t really sit down. It was a lot of different emotions. I wish I could explain them all but I can’t . . . Even if I go out tomorrow and it blows again, it was all worth it. It was a long time coming. Thankfully today came.”

He then took to Twitter last night:

Hudson is the fourth pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery in consecutive years and return to the majors.

Worth remembering, too, that he’s still only 27-years-old. In 2011 he won 16 games for the Dbacks. Between 2009 and 2011 he went 25-11 with a 3.19 ERA — which worked out to an ERA+ of 128 — for Arizona and for the Chicago White Sox. Here’s hoping he gets a normal offseason this winter and can come back and resume what started out as such a promising career.


  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Here’s wishing the kid nothing but the best of luck, tons of success and most of all, health.

    Go get ’em.

  2. wisbadgfan - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Also wishing him the best of luck——this is a great example of desire and dedication to come back after two Tommy John surgeries.

    He appears to be a good guy—-hang in there.

  3. thebadguyswon - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Best of luck!! Very good pitcher….I hope everything works out.

  4. joecb91 - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    The happiest I have been watching a Dbacks game this entire year

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