CINCINNATI – Nearly a full year after Tommy John, right-hander Dakota Hudson will return to the Majors with the Cardinals. rehabStart Thursday, October 4, in Tulsa with Double-A Springfield.
“I think we’ll evaluate after that one,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said before Wednesday’s doubleheader at Great American Ball Park. “There’s a plan in place, but like most plans, it can be fluid. We’ll see how he throws [Thursday] and see where it goes. And there’s a sentiment to build him up for a lot of reasons, to get him going and get him established for a baseline for next year. But we’ll evaluate after [Thursday].”
Shildt indicated that Hudson could be able to pitch 70 pitches in one start before the 2021 end, as he and the team look forward to 2022.
“He could get to 70, no question about it,” Shildt said. “He’ll be at 40, 45 [Thursday]. It’s exciting. It’s good to have him on the way back.”
At 7:05 p.m. CT, the Cardinals will face the Tulsa Drillers (the Dodgers’ Double A affiliate),
This will be the first rehabHudson, 26, made an appearance at Springfield. He threw two scoreless. rehabSaturday’s innings for Low-A Palm Beach included two hits and one strikeout. No walk was issued.
Hudson was 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight starts in 2020. He struck out 31 batters in 39 innings before leaving a Sept. 17 game against the Pirates. After only two innings, he was in discomfort.
Dickson puts silver in perspective
Brandon Dickson was selected as part the September callups. The journey of Th2 36-year old to the Cardinals is one that will be remembered as one of the most memorable in the franchise’s history. The right-hander pitched in four games for the 2011 World Series champions, but he wasn’t active on the World Series roster. Dickson received a ring at season’s end. Dickson was able to compete for a ring at the end of the season, but he said he wanted something even greater — his country.
Dickson was awarded a silver medal by the United States baseball team. Japan lost 2-0 in the gold-medal match in Tokyo.
“It was an opportunity for me to go out there and pitch and some nice people to see me,” said Dickson, who was pitching with Triple-A Memphis before Wednesday’s recall. “So I know that I could still bring a little bit to the table. So hopefully that’s a way for people to see me and see that I could still help their clubs.”
And what about the Olympics?
“It was unmatched,”Dickson, a veteran of Orix in Japan’s Pacific League for eight years, said this. “I mean, just being able to represent your country in the world like that. It makes the competition that much more — especially, playing against some of the guys I knew on the Japanese team. They brought their best of their best.”
The 2011 World Series ring holds a special place in his heart, but the silver medal is even more important.
“Well, to be honest, my World Series ring I feel like it was kind of more of a gift,”Dickson said. “I wasn’t active on the World Series roster. So, for them to allow me to get that gift [was nice]. I did help the team out a little bit that year. So for them to give that to me was an honor, and I love every second of it. But to get a medal in the Olympics and it’s not only for myself, it’s not for my team, it’s for the whole country. I don’t think there’s anything that can beat that. I mean, it’s like I said, it’s not about me, it’s the country. So that’s definitely, I think, a step above.”
Martinez is working towards a 2022 return
Carlos Martínez continues to rehabFrom a ligament tear in the right thumb. The right-hander, who turns thirty on Sept. 21, had a disappointing season. He was also dealing with multiple injuries and a thumb injury. He was 4-9 in 16 games with a 6.23 ERA.
“He’s doing something,” Shildt said. “His hand is starting to feel a bit better, getting strength, gripping the baseball again, and playing some light catch. He’s clearly not on a trajectory to come back this year, but he’s on a trajectory of positive recovery.
“I know that he’s disappointed. We’re disappointed. He has grown quite a bit in the last year and a half.”