Things have been going pretty well for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. They currently sit at the top of the National League West, are getting an MVP caliber season out of Paul Goldschmidt, and have had some young players step up and contribute regularly. But it's not all sunshine and rainbows for the D-Backs.
Arizona was hit with some pretty rough news on Friday afternoon, regarding one of their starters that is currently on the disabled list. It appears that Daniel Hudson, who was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery after tearing his UCL last season, will have to undergo another after tearing it again.
Hudson hasn't pitched at the big league level since June 26th of last year, having undergone his first Tommy John surgery last July. He's been rehabbing that elbow ever since and there was actually some hope that he could return by the end of June. But after leaving his rehab start with Double-A Mobile on Tuesday night, Hudson will have to go under the knife again.
He left the start with elbow stiffness after two innings. It was his first actual rehab start, as he had been working in extended spring training. There was initially optimism and was looked at a minor setback, before the news that he suffered a re-tear of the UCL. Which is absolutely devastating news for Hudson.
Hudson's first full season with the Diamondbacks brought about some great success. He tossed 222 innings and posted a 3.49 ERA. The Diamondbacks are believed to be exploring all options, but a second TJ surgery looks unavoidable. We'll see if he can bounce back after going through the surgery for a second time.