Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson on Thursday predicted starting pitcher Daniel Hudson would need at least until August to return from Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm, but Hudson took to Twitter on Friday to vehemently dispute that timeline.
"August my A," Hudson tweeted. "I'll be back by the all star break at the latest."
Further questioned by a Twitter follower if he believed that timeline to be realistic, Hudson responded that there is "no doubt in my mind."
Hudson left early in a June 26 start in Atlanta with elbow soreness, and tests revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. A second opinion confirmed Hudson, 25, would need Tommy John Surgery. The typical recovery time from the surgery is 12 to 18 months.
A 16-game winner during the D-backs run to an NL West title in 2011, Hudson began rehabbing quickly, providing regular updates on Twitter. Without him, the D-backs missed the playoffs, and Gibson was asked on Thursday about Hudson's return and how it relates to the...