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Daniel Hudson’s return will be a boost. (@DBacks, Twitter) When you look at the situation (one very good starting pitcher, a utility “glue” guy, a prototypical leadoff hitter, and arguably the team’s second best overall hitter are all out with fairly lengthy injuries) and consider this team is tied for first in the NL West, it’s pretty promising. And think of this: shortly, it will be like they made a blockbuster trade because all of these guys will be coming back within a relatively small window. Just how soon though? Let’s take a look: Adam Eaton News just broke today regarding outfielder Adam Eaton’s most recent setback. It turns out, according to the team itself, he will be resting for the next two or three weeks before beginning a throwing program. On Twitter, Steve Gilbert told me that is expected to take an additional two to three weeks. So the new timeline is looking close to four to six weeks, sometime around the end of June or beginning of July. But later on in the day, The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro tweeted this: GM Kevin Towers said Eaton’s MRI showed fluid around the UCL but “the ligament looked the same as his prior MRI, so no new damage.” — Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) May 23, 2013 Towers said Eaton will probably get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in the coming days. — Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) May 23, 2013 Dr. Andrews is, of course, a renowned Tommy John physician. I’m not trying to read too far between the lines here, but that can’t be taken as a positive. More will come out in the coming days. Willie Bloomquist The injury to Willie Bloomquist toward the back end of spring training probably didn’t seem like such a big deal, but as soon as starting second baseman Aaron Hill hit the disabled list, he suddenly became a sorely missed commodity. His strained oblique has had him out for quite some time, probably longer than he anticipated. Good news is on the horizon here though, as the ASU alum is the closest injured Diamondback to returning. He is set to begin a rehab assignment in Reno Friday. This follows his time in extended spring training. He’s had no setbacks and everything seems fine, so as long as that continues, we’ll probably see him with the big league club next week. You can expect Josh Wilson to be sent down and Bloomquist to begin playing a lot of second base right off the bat. Aaron Hill That is, until Mr. Cycle himself returns. When that is, however, is still up in the air. Hill was supposed to start hitting last week, but that tiny fracture in his hand isn’t healing as fast as the team would like. Rather than to risk re-aggravating it by coming back too soon, Hill still has been limited to standing in on bullpen sessions and running. He is going to be re-examined Monday. I think we can be safe in thinking once his rehab actually begins, it won’t be long until we see him back in Sedona Red, but that’s looking like sometime in June for sure. Daniel Hudson People still aren’t talking about Daniel Hudson’s return, and it may be one of the biggest wild cards this team has this season. Part of the reason is because the rotation has been so good, and the idea of even needing another starter is hard to digest in the first place. But regardless, he’s coming back and the Diamondbacks will need to find a place to stick the young righty. He threw an extended spring training game last Friday, so he faced live batters instead of the empty-handed Hill in the bullpen. He gave up two runs in four innings, but that’s really not the takeaway here. He was reportedly hitting 91-93 mph on the radar gun, a good sign he’s recovered just fine from his Tommy John surgery. The fact that he threw to hitters in a live game scenario tells us he’s close to going on a rehab assignment. That puts him possibly as little as a month out, which would be a few weeks ahead of his originally targeted date of the all-star break. It’s not every day you get a guy who had a 3.49 ERA in his first full major-league campaign halfway through a competitive season. Who he would replace in the rotation is a story for another day. These guys are all pivotal pieces to this team, and it’s either pretty surprising or pretty promising (depending on how optimistic you are) that they’re in the position they are without all of them in the lineup. The post Help is on the way for first place D-Backs appeared first on One is the Loneliest Number.
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