PHOENIX Except for the haircut, Daniel Hudson looked the same when he returned to the Diamondbacks clubhouse Tuesday.
His appearance Monday was what mattered, and his strong showing has the Diamondbacks looking toward his return to the starting rotation this weekend.
Hudson gave up two runs in five innings in a rehab start at Class Triple-A Reno, an outing that left him positioned to rejoin the team for a start against Milwaukee on Sunday.
Manager Kirk Gibson said he wants to see how Hudson recovers from his 71-pitch outing in Reno before making it official, but the D-backs cleared the way by optioning promising left-hander Patrick Corbin to Reno before the game. That move cleared roster space for Konrad Schmidt, added as catching insurance with Miguel Montero sidelined for the next two games by a groin injury.
I feel good, ready to go. I might not be able to go 120 pitches Sunday, but hopefully I can get deep enough to shorten the game enough, Hudson said.
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