Dodgers News: Setback Pushes Daniel Hudson’s Return Back At Least 2 Months
The Dodgers placed RHP Daniel Hudson on the 60-day injured list on Tuesday to make room for utility man Luke Williams on the 40-man roster. The move somewhat came out of nowhere, as the Dodgers initially expected Hudson to be back by spring training. While he wasn’t ready for the start of the season, Dodger fans expected him to be back shortly after.
However, that clearly wasn’t the case and, on Tuesday, his target return date was pushed back until June at the earliest.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke to reporters after the announcement dropped on Tuesday, and shared exactly why Hudson was placed on the 60-day IL. He said Hudson has been dealing with patellar tendinitis from the surgery, which is elongating his recovery process.
“It just hasn’t gotten better,” Roberts said. “There’s a little patellar tendinitis from the surgery which I think is going to get better. The surgery was successful and all that stuff, but just getting over the hump is taking more time. In June we do expect him back and ready to go though.”Via SportsNet LA
If Hudson is able to return in June, it’ll be about a year-long recovery time from the torn ACL he suffered June 25 of last year. Hopefully he’s able to return in early June, as the Dodgers bullpen could really use his help.
Without Hudson, and with Alex Reyes’ return timeline set for mid-June to July, the Dodgers really don’t have any reinforcements coming to the bullpen anytime soon. The guys they have now are the ones they’re going to be relying on for the next six weeks or so, so it’ll be up to them to figure things out.
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