Hudson (elbow) announced Monday that he has resumed facing hitters at the Cardinals' extended spring training facility in Florida, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Despite undergoing surgery in late September of last season, Hudson continues to hold out hope that he'll be able to pitch for the big club in 2021. The fact that he's been cleared to face hitters is an important milestone in the recovery process, but he'll still likely need at least a month and a half to fully ramp up. Any setback suffered along the way would likely close the door on Hudson pitching at any point this season.
Hudson (elbow) is attempting to return by the end of the year, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery in late September last year. The procedure carries a recovery timeline of at least 12 months but frequently takes around 15. The Cardinals haven't ruled out that Hudson could return this year, though it's unlikely he'd be built up for anything other than a relief role if he is indeed able to make it back by the end of the year.
Hudson (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Thursday. Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery in late September of last season and is expected to miss the entire 2021 campaign as a result, so his move to the 60-day IL is simply procedural. His removal from the 40-man roster will make room for outfielder Scott Hurst, whose contract was selected by the Cardinals after Lane Thomas was optioned to the alternate training site.
The Cardinals placed Hudson (elbow) on the 10-day injured list Sunday. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in late September of last season, Hudson is projected to miss the entire 2021 campaign while he completes the arduous rehab process. Though he'll be on the 10-day IL to open the season, Hudson will likely be shifted to the 60-day IL as soon as the Cardinals need to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said that Hudson (elbow) played catch Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Due to the timing of his surgery, Hudson is expected to miss the entire 2021 season, but the right-hander isn't giving up hope of making a late-summer return in a relief role. The Cardinals' decision on whether to bring Hudson back this season will likely hinge not only on how he fares during the lengthy recovery process, but also on where the team stands in the playoff race in September. Hudson at least appears to be on track with his rehab, but he still has several more hurdles to clear before the idea of him pitching in games in 2021 would be seriously entertained.
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