Tim Hudson is scheduled to make two more appearances on his minor league rehabilitation assignment, both in Triple-A Gwinnett, and then hopes he’ll be ready to be activated by the end of the Pirates series, April 29 or 30, or the following series against the Phillies, May 1-3.
“I don’t see why not, once I get my pitch count up and my innings up,” Hudson said.
He is scheduled to throw five innings and up to 85-90 pitches on Wednesday night at Coolray Field against Norfolk. He’s scheduled to pitch again six days later in Gwinnett on Tuesday, April 24 against Charlotte, building up to six innings and 100 or so pitches. That way he builds in an extra day of rest between the next two starts. (And Gwinnett has an off day Monday, April 23 anyway.)
Hudson is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in two rehab outings with Single-A Rome, but his surgically-repaired back has given him no problems, and he’s focused now on sharpening his offspeed pitches.
“Offspeed is not quite how I want it,” said Hudson, who was victimized on a host of groundball singles Thursday in Rome. “The sinker is pretty good I think. Sometimes I’ll throw a dud in there.”