Some bad news came from the San Francisco Giants today. Tim Hudson will miss his next scheduled start due to a strained left hip, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Yusmeiro Petit will start Friday in his place.
Tim Hudson has been nearly lights out for the Giants this season. He’s only walked 4 batter all season. He’s sporting a 2.09 ERA and not only has he been the best Giants pitcher this season, he’s ranked #5 for lowest ERA in the National League, and has the 2nd lowest WHIP in all of MLB.
Hudson is expected to make his next start and this looks to be just a precautionary move.
“We think he’s going to be fine to make his next start,” Bochy said. “We just think we’re better off skipping him. Could we pushed this in September if we had needed to? Yes, but we think it’s better to be cautious.”
Bochy said Hudson agreed with the decision. – Henry Schulman, SF Chronicle
Hudson is 38 years old. He missed the last half of the 2013 season with an ankle fracture. I don’t know of any previous issues with his hip, but given his age and number of years pitching, I’m happy the Giants are taking care to make sure he’ll be healthy all season long. We can’t afford to be without Hudson on the mound for very long.