Daniel Hudson is due to return to the Diamondbacks soon. While his return will be welcome, it creates a decision point for Kirk Gibson. Hudson’s spot in the rotation was assumed by Wade Miley when he went on the DL.
Miley has been an awesome surprise in an otherwise disappointing season for the D-Backs. Even though he took Hudson’s spot, he won’t be giving it back to him–it’ll be fellow rookie Patrick Corbin. Corbin was brought up to replace Josh Collmenter in the rotation in early May. While Corbin has shown flashes of brilliance this season, his tour of duty is likely coming to an end when Hudson returns. Despite recent struggles by Trevor Cahill, Ian Kennedy and Joe Saunders, Corbin will be the odd man out due to the experience of the trio of starters.
The return of Hudson will make a crowded starting pitching situation in the organization even more crowded. In addtion to the five starters and Hudson, Barry Enright, Tyler Skaggs and Trevor Bauer–who had an uneven second Triple-A start–are all players waiting in the minors for a chance to pitch at the big league level. Assuming Bauer is untouchable, Skaggs and Corbin give the D-Backs two very intriguing pieces should they find themselves back in the pennant chase and looking for a bat or two at the deadline.