SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Daniel Hudson admits he was a little nervous the first time he threw a baseball in January.
The D-backs right-hander was scratched from his final start of the 2010 season after straining a tendon in his right middle finger. Hudson saw hand specialist Don Sheridan in November and was told to keep resting it.
Finally just after Jan. 1, Hudson started playing catch.
"I was definitely nervous, but after the first couple of tosses when I let it go a little bit and it felt good and I said, 'Alright, we're good to go,'" Hudson said.
Hudson said Sheridan told him Sunday after his physical that the finger looked great and he was under no restrictions this spring.
"It was a freak thing and there's not much you can do to strengthen that stuff up," Hudson said referring to the A4 pulley flexor tendon. "There's not much you can do to prevent it. Hopefully I don't have a little flare up, but it should be fine. I've thrown a few bullpens and it felt great, which really put my mind at ease because I was a little nervous."
That Hudson is healthy is certainly good news for the D-backs, who are counting on him to be a big part of their rotation. Hudson was 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 11 starts after being acquired from the White Sox prior to the 2010 Trade Deadline.