6/9/2013 5:05 P.M. ET
Hudson restarting comeback, will visit Dr. Andrews
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- When D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson learned he again tore his ulnar collateral ligament and needed a second Tommy John surgery in as many years to continue his career, the 26-year-old admitted he considered giving up on baseball.
"I'd be lying to you if I said all I thought about was getting it fixed," Hudson said. "I'd say for a good couple hours after I got the news I was 50-50, just because I didn't know if I could do it again mentally. It's another 12 months of watching baseball. I didn't even want to see anybody that day, I just sat in my house and tried to make sense of it."
After thinking it over though, Hudson came to grips with his situation.
"It was a tough few hours but people have it way worse than me, so I figured if I didn't try, I couldn't look myself in a mirror five years from now," he said. "I've lived a pretty blessed life. I figured I owed it to myself and everyone else to try again."
Still shaken by the injury but armed with a renewed sense of purpose, Hudson will visit renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., this week to get a second opinion, and if the injury is confirmed, Hudson will undergo another Tommy John surgery.
Hudson had the ligament replaced in July 2012 and was working his way back in rehab when he came out of a Minor League game last Tuesday after pitching two innings for Double-A Mobile in Jacksonville, Fla.
"I didn't think I'd be going through it again, not this early," he said. "It is what it is though, you have to try again."
The hardest part for Hudson to accept was how suddenly it happened. After nearly a year of rehab, the right-hander was just a few Minor League starts away from rejoining the D-backs.
"I was so close," he said. "There was nothing surgically wrong with the surgery, the tendon just wasn't strong enough and it snapped."
Hudson added that he didn't think the pace of his rehab had anything to do with the injury.
"I felt great, that's why it was so hard to explain," he said. "I hadn't had a setback so there is just no way to tell, nothing was done wrong rehab-wise or surgery, it just wasn't strong enough in the end. I wouldn't say we pushed it too hard, I was like three weeks ahead of 12 months, it wasn't like I was trying to come back in nine months."
Hudson hasn't pitched in a big league game since he was pulled because of the injury on June 26, 2012, at Atlanta. Now he won't return until sometime in the 2014 season at the earliest. Still, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was glad that Hudson opted to go through the process again instead of retiring.
"I know that I retired in 1992 when I was released by the Pirates and I thought it was the right thing to do, but it wasn't and I regretted it," Gibson said. "I think he's young and he has an opportunity ahead of him."
In 381 1/3 career Major League innings, Hudson is 28-17 with a 3.68 ERA.
McCarthy says he's OK after recent seizure
PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Brandon McCarthy had a seizure last Monday while dining with his wife, Amanda, at a restaurant in Phoenix.
Brought on by the bruise left on his brain when was hit in the head last season with a line drive while playing for the A's, the 29-year-old was taken to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale where a CT scan determined he didn't suffer any head trauma.
Speaking to reporters at Chase Field on Sunday, McCarthy said he felt fine and that he'll be on medication to help prevent him from having another seizure.
"There's always a chance of it happening when you have a bruise on your brain, it leaves you vulnerable to it," McCarthy said. "We knew there was a possibility of it happening, we were just hoping we had gotten past it. Something just brought this on."
At the hospital, doctors initially thought they saw internal bleeding on the scan, but after further examination, they determined the shadowing on the picture was normal.
"I might've bumped my head when I kind of fell over at the restaurant," McCarthy said. "It was something you have to get through and now we know a little bit more about it and we can treat it. I guess you can say it was good to get it out of the way, now we know what we're dealing with."
McCarthy doesn't remember much about the incident, but from what he's told, Amanda sprang into action when the seizure happened, calling for help and alerting the restaurant's staff immediately.
"That's the version I've heard, that's what it sounds like," McCarthy said. "She's pretty good in crisis situations, she handled this one pretty well. I know some of the chefs from the back came around to help. We're extremely grateful for everyone that helped."
McCarthy, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 1 with shoulder inflammation, said the seizure won't affect his timetable in returning to the mound. He plans to begin throwing again next week.
"It doesn't change anything for me," he said. "All the rehab stuff I'm doing right now isn't really intensive anyways. It's just something I have to deal with."
Chavez improving quickly from oblique injury
PHOENIX -- Just 10 days after suffering a minor tear of his right oblique muscle, D-backs third baseman Eric Chavez said he is progressing well and expects to be ready to resume baseball activities in another week or so.
"The last three days I've been doing a lot, I'm doing more than I thought I'd be able to at this point," Chavez said. "I'm doing everything I'm supposed to with the trainer but I'm also working out in the gym, and I've been able to do some rotation stuff without feeling it at all."
On the 15-day disabled list since May 31, Chavez incurred the injury while taking a swing in the first inning on May 30 against the Rangers. At the time, Chavez was a big part of the Arizona lineup, batting .325 with seven homers and 25 RBIs.
"Timing of being hurt always sucks, there is never a good time for it," he said. "You just deal with it, and hopefully it's quick process and you can get right back at it."
Doctors told Chavez he probably would be able to play after two or three weeks, but they suggested once he felt ready to go that he wait an additional week just to be certain the injury won't flare up again.
D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist knows firsthand how tricky oblique injuries can be. He suffered one at the end of Spring Training and didn't make his regular season debut until June 1 because of several setbacks.
"I've actually been picking Bloomquist's mind a little bit, just asking him questions as I get going, you know, if there are any signs I need to look for, just trying to gather as much information about it," Chavez said. "Since this is my first time, I don't know whether to push it or not, but it's going really well. It's going to be a little bit of a gray area, but if it feels good, I'm going to try to push it and get back as soon as I can."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.