The Nationals reinstated Hudson (elbow) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
Hudson, who was placed on the IL on June 12 with right elbow inflammation, returns to reinforce the Nationals' injury-plagued relief corps. Before the injury, the righty posted a 2.59 ERA, struck out 35 batters and recorded 12 holds in 24.1 innings. Andres Machado was optioned to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move.
Hudson (elbow) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
It's at least the third bullpen session for the right-hander since resuming mound work last week, so he should be close to facing live hitters. Hudson has been sidelined since June 9 with right elbow inflammation and figures to require a rehab assignment before being activated.
Hudson (elbow) hopes to throw a bullpen session Thursday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Hudson tossed a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, and he'll have a quick turnaround ahead of his next bullpen. If Thursday's throwing session goes well, the right-hander could progress to face live hitters at some point in the near future. Hudson has been on the injured list since June 12 due to elbow inflammation, but he's recently been trending in the right direction.
Hudson (elbow) completed a 25-pitch bullpen session in Washington on Wednesday, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports.
Hudson had been limited to playing catch off flat ground since beginning a throwing program last week, so the bullpen session represents a step forward in the recovery process for the right-hander. Because he's been on the shelf since June 12 with elbow inflammation, Hudson will likely require a minor-league rehab assignment before being activated from the 10-day injured list.
Hudson (elbow) played catch in the outfield ahead of Monday's game against the Mets, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Hudson played catch for the second time in the last five days, and manager Dave Martinez said that the right-hander is expected to resume mound work Wednesday. While the 34-year-old's progress has been encouraging so far, a better idea of his return timetable could be revealed once he's able to ramp up his throwing program.
Hudson (elbow) was spotted playing catch from a short distance Thursday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Hudson remains in the early stages of his throwing program after he was placed on the injured list June 12 with right elbow inflammation. He'll likely need to complete multiple bullpen sessions and face live hitters in batting practice before the Nationals clear him to begin a rehab assignment. Hudson may have difficulty gaining clearance to rejoin the Nationals before the end of June, but a pre-All-Star break return is still realistic.
The Nationals plan to have Hudson (elbow) resume a throwing program during their road trip this week, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports.
The Nationals don't view Hudson's inflamed right elbow as a long-term concern, so he'll travel with the team and conduct his rehab away from Washington with the hope of speeding up his return to the active roster. He could require a brief minor-league rehab assignment before being activated from the 10-day injured list.
Hudson is not concerned about any long-term issues with his elbow, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Hudson woke up Thursday morning with some swelling in his right elbow, but he's had two Tommy John surgeries in his past and said this issue didn't feel at all similar. An MRI confirmed Friday that he isn't dealing with anything worse than inflammation. Whether or not he's able to return after the minimum 10 days remains to be seen, but it doesn't sound like Hudson is in line for a long absence.
Hudson was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with right elbow inflammation.
The move is retroactive to June 10. Hudson has a 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in five innings over four appearances this month. He has a long history of elbow injuries, including two Tommy John surgeries. Tanner Rainey will step into a setup role in front of closer Brad Hand.
Hudson (4-1) picked up the win after blowing the save Wednesday, giving up one hit and striking out three over 1.1 scoreless innings.
While the right-hander didn't get charged with any runs himself, Hudson allowed two runners inherited from Tanner Rainey to score in the seventh inning, tying the game at 3-3. Hudson's window to get a shot at closing duties may have slammed shut with Brad Hand having converted six straight saves, but the right-hander has still been the most reliable arm in the Nats' bullpen this season, posting a 2.49 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 30:7 K:BB over 21.2 innings with 11 holds in 21 appearances.
Hudson recorded one strikeout in a perfect eighth inning Friday against the Orioles en route to his eighth hold of the season.
Brad Hand, who came in with a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning, gave up a two-run home run and has now given up at least one run in five of his last six appearances. If Hand were to lose the closer's job, Hudson appears to be the top candidate to step in.
Hudson (2-0) pitched a clean eighth inning while striking out a batter in a 3-2 win over the Cardinals.
Hudson pitched an easy 1-2-3 eighth inning, getting the first two hitters out on contact before striking out Paul Goldschmidt to end the frame. The Nationals were able to mount a comeback in the bottom half of the inning, which earned him his second win of the year. Hudson has allowed one run through five innings pitched and sports a respectable 7:2 K:BB as the team's main setup man.
Hudson (1-0) earned the win Tuesday against the Braves after allowing zero runs on zero hits with two strikeouts and one walk during the ninth inning.
The 33-year-old was expected to begin the season in a setup role, but he'll now be in the mix for saves with Brad Hand on the COVID-19 injured list. Hudson entered in a 5-5 tie and delivered a scoreless top of the ninth inning, and the offense provided the walkoff win in the bottom half of the frame. The right-hander could split ninth-inning chances with Tanner Rainey until Hand is cleared to rejoin the team.
Hudson has made two Grapefruit League appearances so far this spring, giving up a home run in two innings without a walk or a strikeout.
The long ball remains a potential source of concern for Hudson after he served up six homers in 20.2 innings last year, but the veteran right-hander is healthy and on track to be ready for a high-leverage role Opening Day. He's picked up 16 saves for the Nats since they acquired him at the 2019 trade deadline, but the offseason addition of Brad Hand pushes Hudson back into a setup role, a job he's indicated in the past he's more comfortable with anyway. The 34-year-old has two 20-hold campaigns on his resume and could be poised to add a third in 2021.
Hudson walked one and struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning to record his 10th save of the season during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets.
The right-hander hadn't pitched since Tuesday and had blown his last two save chances, but Hudson was up to the task in Saturday's nightcap, His 6.10 ERA on the season has been fueled by six homers allowed in 20.2 innings, but otherwise Hudson's 1.26 WHIP and 28:11 K:BB have been solid. With one year left on his current contract, the 33-year-old will likely be back in a high-leverage role for the Nats in 2021.
Hudson (2-2) earned the win against the Rays on Wednesday, allowing a solo home run but recording two strikeouts in the ninth inning.
The veteran right-hander secured the first two outs of the inning with no issues, but he was unable to maintain the one-run lead and gave up a solo homer to Brandon Lowe, though he still ended up notching the victory. Hudson has a 7.13 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 24:7 K:BB over 17.2 innings and has converted nine of his 14 save chances this season.
Hudson recorded the save Tuesday against the Rays with one strikeout and one hit allowed during a scoreless ninth inning.
The veteran right-hander surrendered a one-out single, but he still needed only 14 pitches to finish off the victory. Hudson has posted a 5.74 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 21:5 K:BB over 15.2 innings while going 9-for-12 in save opportunities.
Hudson struck out the only batter he faced to record his eighth save of the season in Monday's 6-1 win over the Rays.
After Will Harris loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning, Hudson came in with the tying run on deck and needed only four pitches to fan Randy Arozarena and end the threat. The veteran right-hander's ERA is a bloated 6.14, but Hudson's 20:5 K:BB through 14.2 innings -- not to mention last year's postseason success -- have kept him in the closer job for the Nats.
Hudson gave up two runs on a hit and a walk while striking out one over one inning Friday, but he still recorded his seventh save of the season in the second game of a doubleheader against Atlanta.
Called in to protect a 10-7 lead, Hudson served up a two-run blast to Travis d'Arnaud before he was able to get an out, but the veteran reliever settled down afterward to escape with the save. Hudson has been taken deep five times in 14.1 innings, leading to a 6.28 ERA, but his 19:5 K:BB and 0.98 WHIP remain strong, and his spot as the Nats' closer doesn't appear to be in jeopardy.
Hudson struck out two in a perfect seventh inning to earn the save in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
The 33-year-old needed only nine pitches -- all strikes -- to retire the side in order and close out the matinee. Hudson has converted six of eight save chances with a 6.30 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 16:2 K:BB through 10 innings this season.
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