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Dodgers sign Daniel Hudson to minor-league deal

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The Dodgers on Monday signed veteran right-hander Daniel Hudson to a minor-league deal and assigned him to extended spring training. Hudson was released by the Rays last week, just one month after being traded to Tampa by the Pirates for outfielder Corey Dickerson.

After starting for most of his career, Hudson has been a reliever over the past four seasons since returning from his second Tommy John surgery in 2014. The 31-year-old appeared in 71 games for Pittsburgh in 2017, going 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.

It’s not a surprising move considering the Dodgers affinity for stockpiling arms for depth.

Monday Night

Several Dodgers in the lineup Monday for the Dodgers have had success in limited action against Dbacks’ starter, Taijuan Walker. Joc Pederson, leading off in centerfield, has four hits and a walk in nine plate appearances.

Yasmani Grandal moves into the cleanup spot with his hot bat to start 2018. The Dodger catcher is 4-for-10 on the season and has reached base six times in 12 career plate appearances against Walker.

Starting Lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Dbacks
Pos Dodgers Pos Dbacks
CF Pederson (L) LF Peralta (L)
SS Seager (L) 2B Marte (S)
RF Puig 1B Goldschmidt
C Grandal (S) CF Pollock
1B Bellinger (L) RF Owings
LF Kemp 3B Lamb (L)
2B Utley (L) SS Ahmed
3B Forsythe C Avila (L)
P Ryu P Walker

The Dodgers dropped four runs and an early shower on Taijuan Walker last time they faced him. That just so happened to be after one inning in Game 1 of the 2017 NLDS.

Hyun-jin Ryu will start his season looking for his first win in Chase Field since 2014.