After the drubbing Arizona Diamondback starter Daniel Hudson received in the first game of the away series again the Atlanta Braves, in which he only lasted 1 2/3 innings, it was announced he would serve his second stint on the DL this season.
Hudson tore an elbow ligament according to an article by the D-back’s Steve Gilbert and will be out indefinitely. It is a blow to a rotation which has all but lived up to the hype and expectations laid on it at the onset of the season. This type of injury to the ulnar collateral ligament is one that requires Tommy John surgery, recovery from which normally lasts twelve months. Hudson will of course seek a second opinion on the matter which is standard in this type of case, but will more than likely not pitch until next season.
With Hudson out for the second time this season and being out indefinitely the speculation looks to who will fill the hole Hudson leaves in the rotation. Josh Collmenter will get the rotation spot for the near future, but as shown in the earlier stages of the season, he is not the long term answer at that position. With Ian Kennedy struggling and Trevor Cahill going through a rough patch, it is more important than ever to get a quality starter in the spot. Wade Miley has been the only steady pitcher in a rotation that was supposed to be filled with steady starters.
Today is the MLB debut of Trevor Bauer in the place of the injured Joe Saunders and the youth movement is well on its way. Bauer was sensational in the minors and his debut has been anticipated among Diamondbacks fans a la Bryce Harper and his debut in Washington for the Nationals. Bauer went 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA in Triple-A Reno and went 7-1 with a 1.68 ERA with Double-A Mobile.
Look to see Patrick Corbin make a return to the majors if Collmenter can not hold down the fort. Corbin went 2-3 with a 5.27 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in his first stint with the parent club, but his minor league stats have been sensational. He is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA with Triple-A Reno and went 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in Double-A Mobile before his call-up to the majors.
Another candidate to replace Collmenter if he struggles is Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs is the Diamondbacks’ No. 3 rated prospect and has spent all season in Mobile with the BayBears. His stat line is as follows: 5-4, a 2.84 ERA, with a 1.21 WHIP and 71 strikeouts. Regardless of what Collmenter does I think it is only a matter of time before Corbin or Skaggs are called up to replace him.