Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/27/12

Tuesday was a day of changes for the Arizona Diamondbacks -- two expected and one forced.

Shortstop Stephen Drew met the D-backs in Atlanta after finishing a 20-day rehab assignment and will be activated Wednesday, when he will start against Atlanta right-hander Tommy Hansen, manager Kirk Gibson said.

Drew has not appeared in a major league game since July 20, 2011, the day he suffered a fractured right ankle and ligament damage when his spikes caught on a play at the plate. His ankle turned at a 180-degree angle, and he put it back in place while lying near home plate. He is not expected to be a full-time starter immediately.

Gibson also confirmed that right-hander Trevor Bauer will make his major league debut in the final game of a three-game series in Atlanta on Thursday, replacing injured left-hander Joe Saunders in the rotation. Bauer, the third player taken in the 2011 draft, is 11-1 with a 2.19 ERA in 14 minor league starts, split equally between Class AA Mobile and Class AAA Reno.

Bauer, 21, leads the minor leagues with 116 strikeouts after breaking USC right-hander Mark Prior's season Pac-12 record for strikeouts with 203 last season. Saunders was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation Saturday, a day after he felt tightness while warming before a scheduled start. He was replaced by Josh Collmenter, who was called upon in a similar circumstance Tuesday.

Right-hander Daniel Hudson left the 8-1 loss to Atlanta in the last of the second inning with what the team called right forearm tightness, a diagnosis that is often a precursor to Tommy John surgery. Gibson, pitching coach Charlie Nagy and assistant trainer P.J. Mainville visited the mound after Hudson threw a pitch to Atlanta catcher Brian McCann, and Hudson left shortly thereafter, having given up seven hits and four runs. He was charged with another run and another hit when McCann singled in a run.

Hudson, who entered the game 3-1 with a 6.60 ERA, missed 37 days earlier this season with a right shoulder impingement. He said he felt soreness the day after giving up six runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings on a 41-degree night in Colorado, although he made one more start before going on the disabled list.

If Hudson is forced onto the disabled list again, the D-backs could turn to Reno left-hander Patrick Corbin, who was 2-3 with a 5.27 ERA in five starts after replacing Collmenter in the starting rotation the last day of April.

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