Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/9/12

Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson threw from a mound for the first time in 19

days on Tuesday, and he called it "a huge positive."

Hudson, who has been on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement retroactive to

April 19, threw 30 pitches in the bullpen at Chase Field as the next step toward returning

to the D-backs' starting rotation, perhaps by the end of the month. Hudson is on the

disabled list for the first time in his career, and the session helped alleviate some

concerns.

"The biggest step when you are dealing with something like this is the first time you

throw and the first time you get off the mound," Hudson said. "You have some bad thoughts

going through your mind. 'What happens if this happens?' For the arm to feel as good as it

did today is a huge positive. It's one more step closer."

Hudson, 16-12 with a 3.49 ERA in his first full season in a rotation in 2011, said he

first felt shoulder tightness a day after his start in 42-degree Denver on April 13. He

pitched through it while going 7 2/3 innings against Pittsburgh on Aug 18.

Hudson is scheduled to throw at least one more bullpen session, manager Kirk Gibson

said, before facing hitters, perhaps as soon as Sunday. Hudson understands that he must

move with deliberate speed.

"For me, I always want to go, go, go," Hudson said. "It's trying to temper that

attitude and take the positives as they come and not really worry too much about the

negatives, even though I didn't have too many negative aspects in this whole process."

Gibson, whose team fell to St. Louis 6-1 Tuesday, said he expects Hudson to revise his

conditioning program in the wake of the impingement, which is caused by an inflammation

around the shoulder. Hudson ran, did shoulder exercises and took anti-inflammatories while

the D-backs were on a 10-day road trip.

"You can't just expect that it's not going to happen if you don't correct something,"

Gibson said of the shoulder inflammation. "I think maybe he was weak in certain areas they

spent a lot of time strengthening, and hopefully he will be able to finish strongly. Just

think that the way he does certain exercises, maybe there is a better technique on them

now."

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