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Daniel Hudson back with Dodgers on minor league deal, per reports

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Daniel Hudson worked his way back from one major knee injury, only to nearly immediately suffer an injury to his other knee in 2023. The right-hander will give it another go, re-upping with the Dodgers on a minor league contract, per multiple reports.

Jeff Passan at ESPN was the first to report the deal.

Hudson pitched in all of three game for the Dodgers in 2023, striking out five in three scoreless innings. That culminated in his first major league save in over a year on July 5, only to suffer a sprain of the MCL in his right knee in that game that knocked him out for the remainder of the year.

That was an especially cruel twist of fate for Hudson, who missed a year after tearing the ACL in his left knee, and was less than one week back in the majors when he got hurt again.

“I can’t put into words how frustrating, how disappointing this is for him,” manager Dave Roberts said at the time.

The Dodgers declined Hudson’s 2024 club option on November 5, making him a free agent.

While on the mound in his second stint with the Dodgers, Hudson was quite productive. He had a 1.98 ERA and 2.14 FIP in 28 games in 2022-23 combined, with 35 strikeouts and eight walks in 27⅓ innings, with six saves.

He turns 37 in March.

Hudson in 14 major league seasons has a 3.79 ERA and 3.73 FIP with 754 strikeouts and 258 walks in 792⅓ innings with the White Sox, Diamondbacks, Pirates, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Nationals, and Padres.