In late June, Dodgers reliever Daniel Hudson was on a pretty hot streak, allowing just two runs in 14 appearances between May 12 and June 24.
Then a nightmare happened.
Hudson, who had two Tommy John surgeries earlier in his career, went to line up a grounder in front of the mound and collapsed to the ground in pain. Post-game testing confirmed what everyone suspected watching it live: Hudson had torn his anterior cruciate ligament and would be out for the season.
Hudson, 35, spent 13 years in the major leagues, so there was no guarantee he would return from this latest injury. He had considered retiring after the 2021 season before deciding to return to the Dodgers.
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Thursday, we learned that Hudson will be back with Los Angeles next year, as the Dodgers exercised their 2023 team option and also negotiated another 2024 team option.
Hudson pitched for seven different teams during his 13-year career, including two stints with the Dodgers. He was a key part of the Los Angeles bullpen in 2018 and then came the closest to national championships as World Series champions in 2019 after being traded from the Blue Jays mid-season.
After two seasons at DC, the Nats traded Hudson to the Padres for the final months of the 2021 season, after which he returned to Los Angeles.
Hudson has a 3.81 ERA in 789.1 career innings, with a 59-43 record and 32 saves. He will turn 36 during spring training next year.