Daniel Hudson remains rehabbing and getting healthier as he attempts to return to the mound, possibly this postseason.
Dave Roberts talked to reporters about some players, Hudson being one of them, and how they are progressing through rehab and possible return dates.
Hudson has been very open about the MCL sprain he suffered in July after pitching just 3 innings for the Dodgers this year.
Hudson and Roberts know that Hudson making it back this year is a long shot but still not completely out of the question.
“I think so,” Roberts said in regards to it still being a longshot. “Our expectation is to play through October so if we can continue to build him up, the long shot becomes shorter and shorter. So I think the most important thing is to continue to pass the certain markers.”(via SNLA)
The Dodgers have already shut down Walker Buehler for the season after having the possibility of his return happening this year. The difference here is that Hudson is not building up to a starter workload for a baseball game, he’s aiming to be comfortable throwing around two innings so he can confidently throw one.
Hudson faced live hitters which is a huge step in the right direction for both Hudson and the Dodgers.
“For us right now, just to get him through that, and hopefully, I hear back that it went well, he came out of it well. But it was just encouraging to see him get some hitters and I think we’ll revisit this in another four or five days.”(via SNLA)
Hudson in 2022 pitched 24.1 innings for the Dodgers owning an impressive 2.22 ERA and 30 strikeouts before tearing his ACL that ultimately shut him down for the year.
The then 35-year-old pitcher battled back only to sprain his MCL in his other leg and that landed him on the 60-day injured list.
While chances are slim for Hudson to return this year, he is still holding his head high and working to return to baseball.
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