Right-hander Daniel Hudson was the latest Diamondback to feel the injury pinch when he was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a shoulder impingement. The D-backs also placed top run producer Chris Young and infielder Geoff Blum on the disabled list last week.
Hudson, who is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts, said he didn't feel right the day after an April 13 start in 42-degree weather in Colorado and the tightness never left, although he pitched through it while giving up two runs in 7 2/3 innings of a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh on April 18. His DL stint is retroactive to April 19, and he received an MRI on the 20th that showed no structural damage.
"It's scary, yeah, especially if you've never felt it before," Hudson said of his shoulder ailment. "All the worst thoughts go through your mind. You hear so many stories about guys who don't bounce back well from shoulder injuries. You just pray for the best."
The D-backs, who beat Atlanta 6-4 Sunday, are expected to use left-hander Wade Miley on Hudson's next turn through the rotation Monday against Philadelphia. They would need a fill-in only twice if a) Hudson's stay on the disabled list does not extend much past 15 days and b) they keep other pitchers on four days' rest after an off day Thursday. D-backs manage Kirk Gibson, however, likes to keep his rotation intact even through off days.
Hudson went 16-12 with a 3.49 ERA in 222 innings last season, all career-high numbers in his first full season in a major league rotation.
"I didn't really bounce back that well after my start in Colorado," he admitted. "I haven't felt that good since then. It was one of those things that we didn't want to push it as far as we already had. Might as well take some time now and get it better. I'd rather be safe than sorry in April and be ready to go in September and October.
"It's frustrating," Hudson added about the early injuries, "but it's just a rough patch we're going through right now. Hopefully we'll have no setbacks from anybody and get everybody back healthy as soon as we can."
--RF Gerardo Parra's first career grand slam was the big blow when the D-backs broke a five-game losing streak with a five-run second inning for a 6-4 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. Parra laid off a first-pitch breaking ball and hammered the next pitch, a fastball, into the pool area in right-center field. "I was just looking for a pitch in the zone. I just want to put the ball in play and not think too much, hit it through the middle," Parra said.
--RHP Justin Upton was hit on his left hand by a pitch in the fifth inning but remained in the game. Upton wears a protective pad on his left thumb after suffering a bone bruise April 8, and he missed four starts after the thumb was drained before returning to the lineup Saturday.
--RHP Daniel Hudson (shoulder impingement) will miss at least two starts after being placed on the disabled list Saturday, retroactive to April 19. Hudson felt tightness in his shoulder the day after starting on a 42-degree day in Colorado on April 13 and said it never left, although he pitched through it while going 7 2/3 innings in a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh on April 18. "I'll get some anti-inflammatories in me, and hopefully it works," Hudson said.
--LHP Wade Miley will make his first start of the season in Daniel Hudson's spot in the rotation Monday against Philadelphia. Miley, who made the team as a long reliever, is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA in three appearances this season. He was 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA in eight games, seven starts, after being recalled from Triple-A Reno last season when RHP Jason Marquis suffered a season-ending fractured ankle when struck by a line drive August 14.
--RHP Takashi Saito (calf) suffered a setback while taking fielding practice at Hi-Visalia on Friday, extending his stay on the disabled list indefinitely. Saito pitched a scoreless inning in relief for Visalia the day before re-injuring the calf. He returned to Phoenix and was in a calf boot to facilitate blood flow Sunday.
--3B Josh Bell was acquired from Baltimore after being designated for assignment last week. Bell, who went to the Orioles in 2009 in a trading deadline deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for LHP George Sherrill, will provide organizational depth with IF Geoff Blum (oblique) on the disabled list and 3B Cody Ransom in the majors. Bell is expected to join Triple-A Reno.
DIAMOND STAT:12 -- Runs the D-backs have scored in the five games since Chris Young went on the disabled list with a slight ligament tear in his right shoulder.
QUOTABLE: "It's been a while since we shook hands after the game. Everybody's been grinding. You hope this helps them relax." -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, after his team halted a five-game losing streak Sunday.
--RF Justin Upton (jammed left thumb) had fluid drained from his thumb April 17, and he didn't start April 17-20, though he appeared as a pinch runner April 18. He was back in the starting lineup April 21.
--RHP Daniel Hudson (right shoulder impingement) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 19.
--CF Chris Young (small tear in right shoulder ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list April 18. He is expected to be able to return in early to mid-May.
--INF Geoff Blum (strained oblique muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 17.
--SS Stephen Drew (right ankle surgery in July 2011) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26. He began playing games in extended spring training April 12, but the timetable for his return is uncertain.
--RHP Takashi Saito (strained right calf) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 1. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Visalia on April 19, but suffered a setback while taking fielding practice, extending his stay on the disabled list indefinitely.
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