The Cardinals announced that Hudson (forearm) will undergo Tommy John surgery Monday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Hudson was shut down for the season after experiencing forearm tightness in his Sept. 17 start, but the 26-year-old was hopeful he could treat the injury through rest and rehab. After receiving a couple medical opinions, however, Hudson determined that surgery was his best course of action. While general manager John Mozeliak wasn't willing to rule Hudson out for the 2021 season, the typical recovery timeline from the procedure for most starting pitchers usually lasts at least 12 months. With that in mind, Hudson likely won't be a serious candidate to rejoin the St. Louis rotation until spring training in 2022.
Hudson (forearm) met with head team physician Dr. George Paletta on Wednesday and will seek a second opinion and further evaluation on his injured forearm, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. The right-hander was just placed on the 45-day injured list Tuesday, and he has some time to figure out his options since he won't be pitching again this regular season or postseason, if the Cardinals qualify. President of baseball operations John Mozeliak noted Wednesday that the seeking of a second opinion is simply part of the process of Hudson setting himself up as best as possible to not miss time in 2021. "Our doctors have reviewed the MRI, but you still want to do the normal consultation," Mozeliak said. "Until that happens, there are no decisions made for next steps. ... Obviously, the fact that we're ruling out the remainder of this year is saying something."
Hudson (forearm) was transferred to the 45-day injured list Tuesday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. The 26-year-old was already considered doubtful to pitch again this season, and his placement on the 45-day IL guarantees he won't be eligible to be activated until November. Hudson was previously scheduled to undergo further evaluation Tuesday to determine the next steps in his recovery, but according to Jones that appointment has been rescheduled for Wednesday.
Hudson (forearm) is set to meet with Dr. George Paletta in St. Louis on Tuesday regarding the next steps in his recovery, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. The right-hander's regular season is deemed to be over, but Hudson will naturally hope to have his recovery completed as soon as possible so as to be able to enter spring training in 2021 without restrictions. The 26-year-old put together a third consecutive solid showing during the abbreviated 2020 campaign that included a 2.77 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and career-best 20.5 percent strikeout rate, and he's poised to be a pivotal part of the rotation again next season, if healthy.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that Hudson (forearm) is doubtful to pitch again this season, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports. Hudson exited his start Thursday with what was initially labeled as right elbow soreness, but he was diagnosed with a right forearm strain and placed on the 10-day injured list two days later after undergoing additional testing. The right-hander will be evaluated again by a team doctor Tuesday, but the Cardinals aren't banking on Hudson receiving a short-term timeline to resume pitching. St. Louis will turn to Austin Gomber to fill Hudson's spot in the rotation beginning with Tuesday's game in Kansas City.
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