Hudson disputes Gibson's August timetable
Oct 5, 2012 at 3:36p ET
"August my A**," Hudson tweeted. "I'll be back by the all star break at the latest."
Further questioned by a Twitter follower if he believed that timeline to be realistic, Hudson responded that there is "no doubt in my mind."
Hudson left early in a June 26 start in Atlanta with elbow soreness, and tests revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. A second opinion confirmed Hudson, 25, would need Tommy John Surgery. The typical recovery time from the surgery is 12 to 18 months.
A 16-game winner during the D-backs run to an NL West title in 2011, Hudson began rehabbing quickly, providing regular updates on Twitter. Without him, the D-backs missed the playoffs, and Gibson was asked on Thursday about Hudson's return and how it relates to the team's rotation plans in 2013.
"Hudson, in my opinion, is August at the earliest," Gibson said, before further suggesting Hudson could return as a reliever.
The D-backs finished the season with rookies Wade Miley, Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin in the rotation behind Ian Kennedy and Trevor Cahill. Top prospect Trevor Bauer is also in the mix for a rotation spot.
Hudson, who threw 222 innings in 2011, finished 3-2 with a 7.35 ERA through nine starts in 2012.