The Dodgers’ bullpen should be getting one of its top contributors back ahead of next season. Daniel Hudson, who tore his ACL in a freak accident in June, has been progressing well. Dodgers GM Brandon Gomes even said Hudson is on track to return at or near the start of spring training, which begins in late February.
Here’s the latest from the MLB GM meetings from Las Vegas via LA Times beat writer Jack Harris.
Daniel Hudson is progressing well from his torn ACL, Gomes said. Hudson began throwing again at the end of the season, and the hope is he'll be ready for the start of spring training (or shortly after)
— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) November 10, 2022
Hudson, who returned to the Dodgers in 2022 for his second stint with the team, was pitching at an elite level through the first few months of the season.
In 25 appearances, Hudson went 2-3 with a 2.22 ERA, striking out 30 batters in 24.1 innings.
He also had five saves in those first few months, and could make a real case to be the closer next season. There seems to be a lot of uncertainty surrounding that position, and it appears the team won’t look externally for a true closer. That means, it’ll be someone already with the team, and Hudson, along with Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol, Evan Phillips and Yency Almonte will most likely be competing for that spot. Hudson, if he returns to his pre-injury form, could make the strongest case to fill that role.
The team clearly had him in their 2023 plans, as, in September, the team awarded him with a new contract.
Hopefully, Hudson continues progressing this offseason, and remains on track for a Spring Training return.
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