Tim Hudson was in the midst of a solid, Hudson-esque season. The 38-year-old posted a 3.97 ERA (versus a park-adjusted 97 ERA+), 1.18 WHIP and 2.64 strikeout-to-walk rate before enduring one of the most gruesome injuries, captured by MLB.com.
On a routine ground ball to first base, Hudson covered the bag as a hustling Eric Young Jr. busted down the line. But Hudson unfortunately left too much of his foot on the bag, which led to Young trampling the pitcher’s ankle. Hudson was carted off the field and missed the rest of the season with a fractured right ankle.
Even though the injury initially seemed like a potential career-ender, the San Francisco Giants inked the free agent to a two-year, $23 million contract this offseason. Assuming Hudson is in fact recovered from the fractured ankle, there’s little reason to doubt his ability to contribute in 2014.