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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Giants pitcher Tim Hudson close to 100 percent


By on 2/15/2014 04:30:00 PM

Tim Hudson has enjoyed Major League success with the Oakland A's and Atlanta Braves and although he's never won a Cy Young Award or a World Series ring, he enters the season with 205 victories, the most of any active pitcher.  The 38-year old's locker is in between Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain and although both pitchers can learn something from the wily veteran, Hudson was signed to be more than a mentor. He was signed to be a force on the mound every fifth day, and even an ankle fracture in July wont keep Hudson from throwing with the rest of the pitchers this spring.




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As reported by Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Hudson admits his ankle is not at 100 percent yet, but he threw off the mound on Thursday, is walking without a limp and expects to be able to go full-throttle this spring.  On Sunday he'll be the second group due to throw in the bullpen. Entering the season, Hudson should be the number four starter behind Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Lincecum.

While Hudson is concentrating on getting back to 100 percent for the opening day of the season, he would gladly show Lincecum how to throw a two-seam fastball, but also notes that not every pitch is for every pitcher.  Although seen as a mentor, Hudson believes he can always learn something from the other pitchers in the rotation.
“You have your strengths as a pitcher that got you to the big leagues and you always have to keep a firm grip on that.  I didn’t have a curve ball when I came up. I didn’t throw a cutter. I was a sinker-split-slider guy. But there comes a point for anyone who’s played long enough to adapt and try different things. I’ve been fortunate to play on some successful teams and that usually means you’re around pitchers you can learn from."

Hudson was drafted in the sixth round  of the 1997 amateur draft by the Oakland A's.  He made his Major League debut on June 8, 1999.  The three-time All-Star has had 13 seasons with ten or more wins, with a league high 20 in 2000.  Hudson was limited to 21 games last season and finished with a record of 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA.  In 427 career games, he has a record of 205-111 with an ERA of 3.44.  In 2,813 2/3 innings, he's allowed 2,624 hits and struck out 1,896.





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