An MRI exam Wednesday in Phoenix showed there was a tear in Hudson’s ulnar collateral ligament, but Hudson wanted a second opinion. The second opinion confirmed the need for surgery.
“Since its official I guess I can let everyone know I will be undergoing Tommy John surgery to fix my elbow,” Hudson tweeted Saturday.
The surgery will end Hudson’s 2012 season — which wasn’t going well, with a 7.35 ERA, likely due to the injury — but most pitchers who have TJ surgery can now come back within a year, and often can throw as well or better than before the surgery.
At 25, Hudson certainly can still have a long and productive major-league career.
Diamondbacks righthander Daniel Hudson was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier Wednesday with what was then termed a “forearm strain”. Earlier this year, he’d been on the DL with a shoulder injury.
Now, the news is probably worse than the D’backs had feared:
According to @Kyndra620, GM Kevin Towers told KTAR that Hudson has a 100 percent tear of the UCL.
UCL tears generally mean Tommy John surgery. It seems as if we have been writing about TJ surgery once or twice a week this year at Baseball Nation, probably because we actually have been doing that. It almost seems contagious.
The good news for Hudson, who is just 25, is that after about a year’s worth of rehab from TJ surgery, many pitchers come back as good or better than before, so he could still have many successful years ahead.
For the D’backs, it means searching around for another rotation body, just after they had to replace Joe Saunders. Never seems to end.