Hudson makes debut in Majors
With a 94 mph, four-seam fastball delivered outside the strike zone to Josh Reddick to open the seventh inning during Friday’s 12-2 victory over Boston at U.S. Cellular Field, Daniel Hudson officially began work for his fifth team this season.
“Yeah, it’s pretty cool,” Hudson said. “It’s kind of crazy, but I’m pretty happy.”
Hudson, 22, made his Major League debut for the White Sox by hurling two scoreless innings. The right-hander hit one batter, didn’t allow a hit and struck out Brian Anderson looking.
Before the big-league promotion, Hudson had pitched for Class A Kannapolis (1-2, 1.23 ERA), Class A Winston-Salem (4-3, 3.40), Double-A Birmingham (7-0, 1.60) and Triple-A Charlotte (2-0, 3.00). He posted a 14-5 mark with a 2.32 ERA over 26 combined starts.
Arriving with the White Sox for the fifth-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft stands as the ultimate accomplishment.
“It’s pretty crazy going out there for the first time,” Hudson said. “You have an adrenaline rush and you try to keep that in the back of your head and go out and throw strikes, especially being up so big.”
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen liked what he saw from Hudson, to the point that Hudson might be used again in relief or as a spot-starter if the White Sox fall a greater distance out of contention. Hudson remains ready for any role, although the bullpen does take a bit of an adjustment.
“I’ve never relieved before but I think I can do it pretty well,” Hudson said. “You just have to make sure you are loose before you go in the game.
–For those who still care, general manager Ken Williams does not get regular updates on Bartolo Colon and doesn’t really know his exact whereabouts. It’s not exactly a thrilling situation for Williams.
“Does it bother me? A little bit. A little bit,” said Williams in sardonic tones, indicating it bothers him more than just a little.
Colon also took off on the Red Sox in 2008 when he was moved to the bullpen, but Williams seemed surprised by his 2009 disappearing act after getting put on the disabled list on July 25 with right elbow inflammation.
“Yes, I’m surprised by it,” Williams said. “But what are you going to do?”
–Guillen credited everyone from his family to his coaches to his players to his bosses after picking up career win No. 500. Then, he made this bold statement.
“Hopefully, I sit one day here and talk about my 2,000th,” Guillen said.
He then paused and broke into laughter.
“I ain’t gonna manage that long,” said a smiling Guillen. “I don’t know about 600.”
–Jermaine Dye has missed the last two days with a sore back. Mark Kotsay filled in nicely with three hits, three RBIs and an outfield assist.
–Ken ‘Hawk’ Harrelson, the entertaining White Sox television play-by-play voice, turned 68 on Friday, getting a birthday visit from White Sox mascot Southpaw during the game. Guillen jokingly guessed 96 as Hawk’s age, before wishing him a heartfelt happy birthday.