Even Hudson, though, had to be at least somewhat pleased with the way he threw Sunday afternoon against the Padres.
"I can always get better," Hudson said. "There's no reason why I can't get better with everything. You can't really be complacent in this game, even though it's Spring Training."
Maybe so, but it's hard to improve on the three hitless innings and three strikeouts he compiled while throwing 30 pitches, 21 for strikes. It was a better result than his first start this spring, when he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in two innings.
"Better command of the inside part of the plate," Hudson said. "I was getting it in there pretty good. Not necessarily for strikes, but close enough to where I was making them aware that I was hitting that spot today. Better overall command of everything."
Hudson is working on incorporating a slower breaking ball into his repertoire to go with his fastball, slider and change.
Despite only throwing 30 pitches, Hudson did not go to the bullpen afterwards to throw extra pitches. Instead, he will go through a harder bullpen session before his next start in five days.