Dbacks Tab Hudson To Start, Call Up Ramirez

By Guillermo Salcido

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The Dbacks made a couple of moves before Sunday’s game against San Diego. Additionally, they announced their starting pitcher for today’s afternoon game. The transaction and last minute announcement both came out of necessity due to injury and extra innings.

First, the Dbacks selected the contract of J.C. Ramirez out of AAA Reno. The relief pitcher from Nicaragua has gone off to an impressive start in the minors. In 11 2/3 innings he hasn’t allowed a single earned run. His only time in the majors came back in 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies. That season Ramirez gave up 20 earned runs in 24 innings (7.50 ERA). Danny Dorn was sent to AAA Reno in a corresponding move.

Mar 1, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher J.C. Ramirez (56) poses for a portrait during Photo Day at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe more intriguing was the decision for the Dbacks to start Daniel Hudson on Sunday afternoon against San Diego. Hudson, who has experienced multiple Tommy John surgeries, is everyone’s favorite feel good story. Hudson hasn’t started an MLB game in nearly 3 years. The Dbacks needed to announce a starter out of the rotation after Robbie Ray and Josh Collmenter had each started a game in the doubleheader against Colorado on Wednesday.

For those that remember, Hudson had a career year with Arizona in 2011. Hudson won 16 games and had a 3.49 ERA. An injury plagued career would not allow him to reach those heights again, so far. Here’s hoping Huddy provides the Dbacks with a quality outing this afternoon.