Notes: Hudson may start season on DL
Right-hander could be ready for first start on April 8
PHOENIX -- Luke Hudson could start the season on the disabled list, but might not miss a start.Hudson, who has been shut down with tightness in his right shoulder, had an MRI, and pitching coach Bob McClure said "everything was clean, which is good news." Manager Buddy Bell said he does not think Hudson will be "ready before April 8 at the earliest." That is also the first time the Royals would need a fifth starter. Hudson is scheduled to throw off a flat surface on Saturday and then follow that up with a bullpen session. "Then we'll have a better idea when he comes back after that," Bell said on Thursday. "We'll have to wait and see what happens. It is really tough to say until we see him off the mound and how he feels the next day." The Royals could backdate Hudson on the disabled list, so he would be eligible to be activated by April 8. "If we need him available on the eighth and he can be available on the eighth, we can make that work," Bell said. Hudson has made only two starts in Spring Training and was scratched from a Minor League start earlier this week with the shoulder tightness. "His pitch count is only going to be up around 70-75, and we would prefer not to put somebody in the rotation that has that kind of a pitch-count limit," Bell said. Hudson went 7-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 26 games, including 15 starts, last season with the Royals. He was slotted to be the No. 3 starter. The Royals appear to be setting up Zack Greinke to start the third game of the season, but Bell would not confirm that. "We have some idea, but it is not anything official yet," Bell said. Rainy day: The Royals-Athletics game was called off in the top of the fourth with Kansas City up, 4-2, after the second rain delay. Royals starter Jorge De La Rosa threw 55 pitches in three innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walked one and struck out two.
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