We already know at least three Dodgers pitchers will open the season on the injured list, with the trio of Walker Buehler, Blake Treinen, and J.P. Feyereisen placed on the 60-day injured list on Thursday morning.
Relief pitcher Alex Reyes was signed to a one-year contract Thursday that includes a club option for 2024, but he’s recovering from shoulder surgery from last May and could still end up on the injured list himself by the time opening day rolls around.
Daniel Hudson is coming off a procedure as well, having left knee surgery to repair a torn ACL last June. That he could end up on the injured list to open the season wouldn’t be much of a surprise, though it might not be for his knee.
From the beat reporters at Camelback Ranch in Arizona:
#Dodgers Daniel Hudson said he has experienced some ankle tendinitis during his rehab that has slowed him down a bit. But he’s still aiming to be ready for Opening Day. Will throw a bullpen tomorrow.— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) February 16, 2023
Ankle tendinitis has slowed Daniel Hudson down in recent weeks as he recovers from his ACL injury. He’s a little behind where he wanted to be with his throwing program, but he expects to throw a bullpen tomorrow and hopes to be ready for the Dodgers by Opening Day.— Rowan Kavner (@RowanKavner) February 16, 2023
Daniel Hudson said he’s a little behind schedule this spring. Has been dealing with right ankle tendinitis stemming from some of the exercises he was doing to rehab the torn ACL in his left knee. He’s still hopeful he can be ready for Opening Day. Will throw a bullpen tomorrow.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) February 16, 2023
#Dodgers Daniel Hudson is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, his first since ACL surgery last summer. Recovery has been slowed by ankle tendinitis during PT but still hopeful he can be ready for Opening Day— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 16, 2023
Hudson last season was one of the Dodgers’ most trusted high-leverage relievers, with a 2.22 ERA and 2.74 xERA with 30 strikeouts and five walks in 24⅓ innings. Despite not pitching after June 24, Hudson finished second on the Dodgers with five saves.
His 30.9-percent strikeout rate in 2022 came with a career-best 5.2-percent walk rate, albeit in a half-season. Hudson has posted strikeout rates in the 30s in each of the last three seasons. Among the 163 relief pitchers with at least 90 innings since the start of 2020, Hudson’s 33.3-percent strikeout rate ranks 11th, tied with teammate Alex Vesia.
Hudson last season was on a one-year deal with a club option, but the Dodgers signed him to a new contract in September that guaranteed his option salary of $6.5 million for 2023, and added on another $6.5-million club option for 2024.
Hudson’s right ankle and how that affects his timetable will be something to watch this spring.
Today’s videos from Dodgers camp include Clayton Kershaw threw his first bullpen of spring training, as well as the 40-man-roster catching trio of Will Smith, Austin Barnes, and Diego Cartaya taking batting practice.
First 'pen of the year for Kersh. pic.twitter.com/sSLyughl1Z— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 16, 2023