Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 5/22/12
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. Hudsons fastball topped out in the mid-90 mph range Monday, when he gave up five hits in a 10-4 victory over New Orleans. I dont know where that (velocity) came from," Hudson said. "I guess I was just pumped up. Im sure Ill be pretty jacked up on Sunday, too, if I get in there. Well see how it goes. Hudson was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement retroactive to April 19 after pitching through the pain in his April 18 start against Pittsburgh. I dont feel anything at all anymore. To not have any pain when I throw or the next day feels great, Hudson said. It was a slower process than I thought it would be at first. Its early in the year. We dont want to push anything and not be ready to go in September or whatnot. As far as having no setbacks, were pretty fortunate. Hudson could be throwing to usual battery mate Montero if the early prognosis on his strained left groin is correct. Montero left with a tweak in the sixth inning Monday and will not start until Friday at the earliest, Gibson said, although the injury does not appear to be serious. The D-backs have Thursday off. We dont think its 15 days, but at the same time we dont want to push him. Well take a couple of days and see how he progresses, Gibson said. Montero leads the D-backs with 21 RBIs and has five hits and five RBI in his last six games. I didnt feel anything pop, thank God," Montero said. "It was just kind of a cramp. I felt a knot, a little tightness. Early in the season, you dont want it to get even worse. Probably a day or two, I dont think any more than that. Corbin was 2-3 with a 5.27 ERA in five starts after filling Josh Collmenters spot in the rotation, including a 5-1 victory over San Francisco in which he gave up three hits in seven innings. He understands what he needs to work on, command, Gibson said. That move means that Wade Miley, as expected, will remain in the rotation. That seemed a foregone conclusion given Mileys 4-1 record and 1.91 ERA in six starts after taking Hudsons spot in late April.
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