Struggling Daniel Hudson takes hiatus from Twitter

Daniel Hudson's ERA has gone from 1.55 on June 21 to 6.08 after giving up 4 runs in Tuesday night's loss to the Brewers.

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Diamondbacks reliever Daniel Hudson, enduring a nightmarish month of pitching, announced Wednesday morning that he’s signing off of Twitter.

Hudson had been one of the Diamondbacks’ most frequent social media contributors, popularizing the #slaphands hashtag, but he signed off Wednesday, explaining that he is "exhausting all measures" to getting his pitching back on track.

Hudson had a 1.55 earned run average through 30 appearances on June 21 as Brad Ziegler’s setup man, but in 12 appearances since, he’s given up 26 hits and 25 runs (20 earned) while recording only 24 outs. Only four of the 12 appearances have been scoreless.

In Tuesday’s 9-4 loss to the Brewers, he came in with the game tied at 4 in the eighth inning and was charged with two hits, two walks and four earned runs while retiring one batter. He was removed after Scotter Gennett’s bloop single just beyond the reach of the D-backs’ infielders gave Milwaukee a 6-4 lead, and the Brewers added three more runs off Zac Curtis.

His ERA now sits at 6.08. Hudson is a free agent as season’s end, and there has been speculation that he could be traded, but his recent struggles have no doubt impacted both demand and what the team might expect in return.

Hudson, 29, is the longest-tenured Diamondback (six years). He won 16 games as a 24-year-old for the 2011 NL West champions but needed Tommy John surgery in 2012 and again in 2013.

His signoff message seemed to allude to those surgeries, saying "I’ve been through way worse than a bad month in my career."

Here is the complete text from his deactivated account, posted at 12:19 a.m.: